It is common that many violence against women campaigns take the stance of female solidarity – and thus scenes of masses of women, together standing strong are conjured. But gender equality of course, involves men too.
Whilst a male feminist unfortunately is still a bit radical, all-male campaigns against abuse and violence against women are becoming more and more prevalent. These campaigns are vital to changing attitudes and making clear that violence against women is a human rights problem, not just a women’s.
The recent Delhi gang rape has brought violence against women to the world’s attention and has got everyone talking about it.
Many would still favour non-specific gender campaigning, as they are all fighting for the same beliefs, but one step at a time hey.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the UK branch of the global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.
The Man Up Campaign says its aims are: ‘To engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality through programming and support of youth-led initiatives intended to transform communities, nations and the world.’
But what do you think? In your experience do men in your life shy away from or disengage themselves from speaking about violence against women?
One of the biggest obstacles in the fight to end violence against women is its taboo. But that’s something we can all change, so let’s just start talking.