Although Robert comes from a traditional, patriarchal, African background, he is speaking out against ignorant and fear-based beliefs he grew up with. Robert has chosen to champion change for women that includes equal rights and opportunities. This takes great courage (quoted from the article)...."in a society where Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was celebrated. Despite the government criminalizing FGM, some communities still practice this cruel ritual in secret. In the same society, I observed that men who beat their wives are actually highly regarded by their kinsmen. This is a misinterpreted ideology emanating from the African traditional society, where a man had a right to chastise his wife, and she had a duty to obey and ‘apologize’. It is a society where parents do not mind ‘giving away’ their young daughters, usually minors, in marriage to much older men. Sometimes child marriage may be practiced to ‘get rid’ of the liability associated with raising children or simply to gain from the proceeds of the bride price. Other parents do not see the value of educating a girl child and would rather use the family resources on her brothers." In too many societies, the birth of a girl is not as valued as that of a boy and this is a global problem.
He believes that MEN have the power to change society's oppression of women. There would be no greater display of power and strength than that.