Anti-violence movements primarily grew out of the feminist movements of white, middle-class women in the 1960's and 70's, known also as the Women's Liberation Movement or Second Wave Feminist Movement. Expanding this framework continues to impact these movements and engage new communities in a more inclusive way. This section explores the benefits of making programs more inclusive, information on capacity assessment, and guidance on overcoming challenges and barriers to engaging and serving men and boys.
Around the world, there are growing efforts to involve boys and men in the prevention of violence against women: as participants in education programs, as targets of social marketing campaigns, as policy makers and gatekeepers, and as activists and advocates. Efforts to prevent violence against girls and women now increasingly take as given that they must engage men. While there are dangers in doing so, there also is a powerful feminist rationale for such work. This article provides a review of the variety of initiatives, which engage or address men to prevent violence against women.
This fact sheet explains the crucial role that men have in stopping rape and violence and addresses how men will benefit from such a commitment.
This fact sheet lists ten practical things that men can do to help end violence against women.
Lets Stop Violence Before It Starts: Using primary prevention strategies to engage men, mobilize communities, and change the world (Workshop notes)
This document represents the text of a one-day workshop presented by Dr Michael Flood. Hosted by the womens organisation Soroptimist International, the workshop took place in Mt Gambier, South Australia, on July 15th 2011. The workshop took up the second day of the two-day conference United Against Domestic Violence _ Engaging All Men in Prevention.
The paper begins with a look at the historical efforts in Canada and the development of work with men and boys to end gender-based violence around the world. The paper examines root causes of gender-based violence, including socialization of men, power and patriarchy, masculinities, and gender inequality. Also included are promising strategies, best practices, and effective frameworks for engaging men and boys in the effort to reduce and prevent gender-based violence.
This document includes the paper Costs of Male Violence by Stefan de Vylder as its Appendix. "In this report, seven masculinity researchers write about masculinity in different parts of the world and about how masculinity is often linked to violence. These acts of violence are committed not only against women and children, but also against other men. The writers suggest a number of ways in which men can be involved in working to combat men's violence."
The argument presented in this paper is articulated through 13 key principles:
This one-page information sheet provides a brief over-view of the many reasons why men should become involved in anti-sexual violence work.
In this article, the author discusses how men of color, while being marginalized by racism, continue to experience the privileges and the entitlements associated with being a male. The article also discusses how men can become part of the solution.
- Level 1: Strengthening Individual Knowledge
- Level 2: Promoting Community Education
- Level 3: Educating Providers
- Level 4: Fostering Coalitions and Networks
- Level 5: Changing Organizational Practices
- Level 6: Influencing Policy and Legislation
This policy brief discusses the importance of developing and implementing policies to engage men in achieving gender equality and reducing health disparities. While it deals largely with issues related to disease and other health issues, the rationale and framework may be useful in developing internal policies and advocating for broader policy-driven social change.
These principles include have been developed, reviewed and refined over two decades and include keeping womens voices and experiences central to the work, exploring racial justice, intersectionality of violence, and eliminating patriarchy.
Included is a commitment to gender equity and a positive approach to building mens capacity for social change.
This position paper represents a collaborative effort between Alianza staff and Dr. Julia Perilla, then Director of Alianzas research Center (El Centro) located at Georgia State University. It was developed as a vehicle to engage people in conversation regarding the evolving issue of domestic violence. From its early beginnings, Alianza has addressed the importance of including both men and women in our work. In that process we have taken approaches and developed strategies that often differ from conventional ways of addressing this issue. This position paper on working with men and boys delineates the principles with which we approach this task.
Regional capacity building workshop on men, caring and fatherhood: Engaging men as partners in healthier families
This workshop report describes the deliberations and outcomes of a meeting of development professionals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sweden, who discussed how to equip men and boys to become more caring, attentive and gender sensitive fathers and husbands, in turn helping themselves, their families and the society at large.
The author of this document serves as a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism. He provides suggestions for how to actively engage men in violence prevention work using five concrete steps.
In this issue of Partners in Social Change we examine what it looks like to engage men in sexual violence prevention. Much of the work we do focuses on how communities can prevent sexual violence; therefore this issue seeks to examine men as a community that has the potential to help create social change. The notion that men need to be involved in ending gender-based violence is not new by any means, but we want to take a look at how we can genuinely involve men as part of a movement that benefits everyone.
One of the country's oldest shelters has opened a gender-neutral search for a new executive director and hired a man to run the organization in the interim. Some feminists call the move a violation of the founding principles to protect women.
Over the past 3 decades the role of men in the anti-sexual violence movement has been a source of debate. This article shares experiences of one of the first men to be employed at rape crisis center and its effect on his worldview.
The author discusses some challenges and barriers to developing identities and approaches to being an ally in social justice work. Acknowledging that aspiring allies can potentially be harmful in their approach or reinforce problematic perceptions, he explores effective ways to develop good intentions into good practice.