Men have a crucial role to play as fathers, friends, decision makers, and community and opinion leaders, in speaking out against violence against women and ensuring that priority attention is given to the issue. Therefore, as part of the growing effort to include men as part of the solution to ending violence against women, in 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his Network of Men Leaders. This network was created in an effort to encourage men in leadership positions to take a clear stand to end violence against women, to follow through with advocacy and policy efforts, and to set better examples for young men and boys.
Under the joint Campaign “Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls”, the UN in Bosnia and Herzegovina aims to foster a sense of community and social responsibility for violence prevention and increase its visibility to facilitate the process of challenging set social attitudes and beliefs around it.
The campaign will establish a “Real Men League”, a forum of well-known men supporting the prevention and combat of violence against women and girls. Besides that, under the Open Call for Nominations, the campaign wants to identify gender-equitable voices, real stories of real men that are contributing to this cause in their communities, families, work, etc.
The “Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls” campaign will last from the International Men’s Day (November 19) until the International Women’s Day (March 8) with special focus on the 16 days of activism starting 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.