Day 11 – The Role of Youth
5. December 2010.
Day 13 – S.O.S. Phone Lines
7. December 2010.

WHY WORK WITH MEN AND BOYS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS?

Working with men and boys to end violence against women and girls is essential.

Many men in society, if provided with information and sensitization about the issue, represent untapped but potentially influential allies in the struggle to end violence against women, within their families, communities and decision-making circles. Challenging traditional ideas about what it means to be a man can prevent violence against women worldwide. We have to teach boys that being a man really means respecting women and accepting them as equals.

What Men Can Do To End Violence Against Women:

  • Listen to women…learn from them
  • Learn about the problem
  • Learn why some men are violent
  • Challenge sexist language and jokes that degrade women
  • Learn to identify and oppose sexual harassment and violence in your family, schools, workplaces etc.
  • Support local women’s programs – participate in events, be an activist
  • Examine how your own behavior might contribute to the problem
  • Work towards long terms solutions

Men can prevent violence against women by not personally engaging in violence, by intervening against the violence of other men, and by addressing the root causes of violence.

Men’s involvement can take the form of primary or universal prevention (directed at all men, including those who do not appear to be at risk of committing violence and those who may be at risk for continuing a pattern of violence), through secondary or selective prevention (directed at men who are at-risk for committing violence), and/or through more intensive tertiary or indicated prevention (with men who have already been violent).

These are some initiatives and campaigns like:

The White Ribbon Campaign.

The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying: Our future has no violence against women.

Western Balkan Gender-Based Violence Prevention -Young Men Initiative

With a goal to prevent and reduce gender-based violence, CARE NW Balkans implemented a ground-breaking program that works with young men aged 13-19 to deconstruct masculinity in their cultures and determine how gender norms and male socialization lead to inequitable attitudes. This program entailed confronting social norms around masculinity and violence, both through educational workshops and social marketing campaign targeted towards young men.

We must unite. Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government.

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON