Videos If your wife is your equal then you and your family will only gain gender equalitygender equalitygender equalityLakhdar Brahimi Share this: 26 June 2009 Lakhdar Brahimi argues that when men treat their wives as their equal, they will only gain. FEATURED ELDERS Lakhdar Brahimi Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. Related content My message to men Desmond Tutu calls on men and boys to value the women in their community and to treat them with respect. Machismo is negative Fernando Henrique Cardoso argues that the fight for women's rights is a common struggle in which men must participate. I know what discrimination is. My sister is 72; she is now learning to read Lakhdar Brahimi shares his personal experiences of the importance of education for women and girls.