Mirko Petricevic
Waterloo

There’s nothing like a new baby in the family to make a person pay attention to the state of the world.

As godfather to my recently baptized niece, the #MeToo campaign is especially grabbing my attention these days.

My greatest hope for the movement is that baby girls born today will not have to navigate a world of men who are predatory or indifferent.

There’s also nothing like a new baby in the family to make a person more sensitive to the suffering of those who have lost their children. During a recent public lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University, I listened to Beverley Jacobs, an Indigenous lawyer and activist, recount the toll of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. And I was finally struck by the indifference their families have suffered.

One of Jacobs’s questions sticks in my mind: How can they make us care?

Our indifference to sexual harassers and predators has been shaken by the #MeToo movement. My hope is for a similar groundswell of outrage and empathy for MMIWG and their families. Because their tragedy is also our tragedy. Because nobody’s niece or daughter or sister should have to navigate such a dangerous and indifferent world.

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