16 WAYS THAT MEN AND BOYS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Men and boys, in their various roles as individuals, community members, leaders, educators, fathers, family members, staff of NGOS or policy makers, have a responsibility and an important role to play in promoting gender equality, advocating for gender justice and ending violence against women and girls.
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is this year’s focus of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action. As part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, White Ribbon encourages you to take these 16 steps to help make a powerful difference in promoting gender equality and actively reducing inequalities in your family, community, school, and workplace. Please share this message with your friends and colleagues.
We’ve outlined 16 ways men and boys can get involved.
- Think about the kind of man you want to be, and role model: kind, responsible, one that shares equally in family life and respects women and girls.
- Be respectful towards women, girls, and other guys. Sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other forms of oppression hurt us all.
- Never use coercion, threats, or violence in your relationships with others.
- Wear a white ribbon and pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
- Teach your students and the youth in your community about gender equity and healthy, equal relationships.
- Learn about the impact of violence against women in your community. Volunteer with a local shelter or a women’s organization. Support OAITH’s Wrapped in Courage fundraising campaign for women’s shelters
- Challenge and speak out against hurtful language, sexist jokes, and bullying, in your school, community, workplace, or place of worship.
- Empower and inspire youth to engage their peers and communities in ending all forms of violence against women and girls.
- Accept your role as a man in helping to end violence against women. It affects everyone.
- Start a White Ribbon Club or Campaign in your school or community. Visit our website to find out how.
- Order our awareness materials and help educate others in your school, community, or workplace about men’s violence against women and girls.
- Ask first. Whether it’s holding hands, kissing, or more, it’s important to communicate and seek consent. #wdtl
- Learn about how gender inequalities affect your company or institution, from the CEO to the front line workers.
- As an NGO staff member, learn ways to start, sustain or deepen a gender-based violence prevention initiative through our Community of Practice toolkit, which provides concrete tools, activities and curriculum.
- As a coach or educator, teaching the boys in your life about healthy equal relationships helps you do your part in creating healthy teams and supports engaged, equal school communities.
- Role model and share with the boys and young men around you the importance of respecting women and girls. Visit itstartswithyou.ca to find out how.