The two-day event provided advanced training on engaging men and boys
in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A CALL TO MEN and The New York Women’s Foundation hosted a two-day
National Training Institute in New York on February 25-26, 2016. The
Institute provided advanced training on engaging men and boys in
preventing violence and discrimination against all women and girls, and
educating them on healthy, respectful manhood. This is the second
National Training Institute hosted by the pair. The first was held in
“A CALL TO MEN recognizes that the underlying causes of violence and
discrimination against women are rooted in the ways women and girls have
been traditionally viewed and treated in our society. Men are socialized
to view women as objects, the property of men, and weak and inferior to
men. These ideas are taught to men and boys and reinforced by society,”
said Ted Bunch, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN and co-leader of the
National Training Institute.
A CALL TO MEN designs the Institutes to deconstruct the collective
socialization of men and give intimate and in-depth education on
healthy, respectful manhood. Research
by the World Health Organization shows that men and boys who adhere to
rigid, traditional notions of gender roles and masculinity are more
likely to report having used violence against a partner. If men
embrace a healthy, respectful manhood, many social ills – from domestic
violence and sexual assault to bullying and discrimination – would
“Last year’s inaugural National Training Institute was such a tremendous
success that we brought our pioneering grantee partner A CALL TO MEN
back to reach those striving to better understand how sexism and
inequality hurt both women and men,” said Ana Oliveira, president & CEO
of The New York Women’s Foundation. “Attendees left better equipped to
make change and to make a positive contribution to their families and
“A CALL TO MEN commends the New York Women’s Foundation for its vision
and determination to create an equitable and just future for women, and
for allowing men the opportunity to work alongside them through events
like the National Training Institute,” Bunch said.
Topics covered include: the history of movement building in the United
States, male socialization and its intersection with violence against
women, the intersections of oppression, the politics of accountability,
trafficking and demand, and community organizing. Attendance is
restricted to facilitate deeper discussion.
“This workshop has brought it to the front of my mind that, as a man, it
is my responsibility to end violence against women. Going forward, I
will not be afraid to make other men uncomfortable when they say or do
anything that objectifies women,” said Chris McGinn of The HOPE Program.
“I could not be more thankful for my experience with A CALL TO MEN. They
created a beautiful and engaging sense of community building and
movement making. This training has inspired and revitalized me in my
work for gender justice. In a real way, I feel reminded profoundly why I
do what I do,” said Senti Sojwal of Sakhi for South Asian Women.
To learn more or to host a National Training Institute in your
community, contact Danielle Erwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT A CALL TO MEN
A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful
manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents
violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many
other social ills. A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization
and respected leader on issues of masculinity, male socialization and
its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all
women and girls. For more information, visit www.acalltomen.org.
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