Sebastián Molano

Sebastián Molano

Sebastián Molano is a Colombian gender specialist and development worker living in Boston. Currently, he consults for different NGO's on how to promote gender justice and engage men and boys in development projects. You can check here his TEDx Talk in gender isses: [a href="http://bit.ly/TEDxTalk-DefyinGendeRoles"]http://bit.ly/TEDxTalk-DefyinGendeRoles[/a] With the support of his awesome life partner/wife, Sebastián writes about the need to engage men and women in a needed, healthy discussion about new and liberating re-configuration of gender roles. He leads Defying Gender Roles a multi-lingual group that seeks to engage men and women in how to challenge harmful prevailing gender norms and roles. Check it out: <a href="http://defyingenderoles.org/">http://defyingenderoles.org/</a>
  • What’s keeping men from engaging in gender equality?

    Every day, we fight a war against gender inequality. We fight systems that oppress people for being who they are. This means, being killed because of your sexual orientation, as in Chechnya or being unable to use the bathroom of your choice as it is the case in North...
  • Why you should buy your boy a doll

      In our world, blue is for boys and pink for girls. Boys are supposed to play rough sports, be competitive, and win. Girls are expected to learn from early ages to care for others, perform household chores, and be pretty. The construction and reinforcement of traditional gender roles...
  • Discrimination in the air

    Last July, American Airlines flight 909 was about the take-off from Miami heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a red-eye flight, departs at midnight. Families gather to doze together with oversized stuffed animals. People escape the winter in South America to rejoice with thousands of tourists in Florida....
  • Building peace in Colombia, one man at a time

    What is the first memory you have about living in a country at war? Every time I asked this question to my fellow Colombians, there is long pause. Then, memories started to emerge. The magnitude and scope of decades of conflict have affected each of us in different yet...
  • A Letter to Non-fathers on Father’s Day

    Did you know that 80% of the men worldwide will fathered in their life time? Fatherhood is one of the few common denominators that we share as men, regardless of our race, religion, sexual orientation, geographic location or class. Without a doubt, becoming a dad constitutes one of the...
  • Still saying “Happy Women’s Day” ?

    On March 8th, the world will celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) a date commemorated since 1977, when the UN proclaimed this day as the Day for Women’s rights and International Peace. Events and conferences will be held around the globe to discuss about key issues affecting women and...
  • The Only Way to Stop Zika is to Stop Men

    In the last two months, Latin America has called the world’s attention. The protagonist is an old dated virus called Zika. This virus is being signaled as the culprit for the astronomical increase of babies born with microcephaly, a condition that results in impeding the normal growth of the head and...
  • New Year, New Masculinity (2016)

    Resolutions, dreams, goals. After the debauchery brought by the holiday season, January offers us a new opportunity to define what are the things we want to aim for in this 2016. For some, it would be to pick up an instrument, perhaps to travel or leave behind bad habits....
  • Three Ways to Promote Gender Equality This Holiday Season

    The holiday winter season is a special time of the year. Around the world, families, friends and random guests get together around the dinner table to celebrate and share. Most of the festivities are linked to specific religious celebrations while others are linked to historical practices such as Boxing...
  • Gender Sensitivity Lessons in India

    When dealing with the pervasive force of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), there is a tendency to focus on its effects or the existing legal mechanisms to confront it. In developing countries, the existence of bodies of legislations on the matter tend to be an important first step, but insufficient. Based...
  • Waiting to Be a Dad to Care?

    When I was little, I loved watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. It was the only day that my mom allowed me to hang around on my Snoopy PJs all morning long. In those shows, I remember how female characters were asked what they wanted to be when they grew...
  • A missed opportunity – Reading “Manhood” by Terry Crews

    I have never heard before about Terry Crews but I found his name appearing very often on my Facebook newsfeed. “Terry Crews: Modern masculinity can be as damaging as the Taliban”, “You don’t want to miss Terry’s message”, and “Terry Crews: Manhood and Feminism” (short interview). It caught my...
  • Jump Like a Woman

    It is a cold winter night in the Northeast of the US. In spite of the weather, my love for fútbol (soccer, futebol, fußball) is stronger than the wind chill. I get my cleats ready to hit the tuft while I fix my hat to keep my body warm....
  • New Year, New Masculinity

    Since I was 16 years old, every 31st of December, I devote part of the day to reflect on the goals for the coming year. This is a thoughtful exercise that requires reflecting on setting expectations and priorities for the following 12 months. I include in this list concrete goals...
  • When violence hits home: the disruptive force of Gender Based Violence

    Sebastian tells his own account of how domestic violence has become a very close issue to him. In this piece, he wants to show people that it is an issue that is much closer than we think, and that most people are not sure how to react to it,...
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