Recognizing the Programs and Events Going on
I am thrilled to share these exciting new resources with all of you. Whether you’re interested in learning more about how domestic violence and sexual assault are gender issues or are looking for ideas for campaigns, mentorship programs and other activities, check out these new men’s initiatives.
Engagingmen.net was just launched on November 1st, this site is a resource for anyone committed to gender justice and gender-based violence prevention. It has a wide collection of blogs, news stories, event information, forums, and videos, as well as a growing database of resources about engaging men in gender equality. It’s worth exploring, whether you’re hoping to get personally involved in men’s engagement or are just looking for information.
The Year of Responsible Men: This new national initiative is a celebration of responsible fatherhood organized by Fathers Incorporated in New York. The goal is to create healthier, more loving families by calling on men to set a positive example as fathers and mentors.
100 Men Take a Stand: The Family Partnership in Minneapolis, for a few years now, has been running a postcard campaign for men in the African American Community called 100 Men Take a Stand. This initiative engages men to play an active role in domestic violence prevention. Every month their mailing list receives a postcard containing resource and event information pertaining to men’s engagement, which is a great way of spreading the word. To check out their website for the postcard archive or subscribe to the mailing list.
It’s quite wonderful to see all this activity happening on a large scale, and I hope it continues. Of course, I want to recognize some local efforts as well. On Thursday, November 4, I attended the Boston Area Campus Sexual Assault Coalition Meeting. Representatives from colleges and universities in the Boston area convened to discuss ways to increase safety and awareness on their campuses, focusing largely on prevention strategies and bystander empowerment. For more details on prevention specifically relevant to campuses I suggest you visit the website of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Harvard University.
It’s also been very busy around Jane Doe as I have been delighted to welcome organizations across Massachusetts who are returning as Affiliates for this year’s White Ribbon Day! I’m looking forward to welcoming new Affiliates as well.
Please Join Your Organization as an Affiliate!