I am making a documentary called A Better Man that is based on a conversation I had with an ex-partner who physically abused me over 20 years ago. We lived together when we were teenagers. Since I escaped that relationship, I have been an advocate for women who have experienced domestic violence. I asked the man who hurt me every day for two years to discuss the abuse while being filmed. He said yes. If we truly want to end violence against women, we need new solutions. My personal experience, my professional life, and my heart tell me that empowering men to change must be part of the picture. Let's step up and make it happen.
White Ribbon will be hosting What Makes a Man 2014 November 21-22 in Toronto. This is our fourth year of in-depth conversations about how ideas of manhood impact us in everyday life and how embracing healthy masculinity leads to greater gender equality. Join us for this urgent conversation, we need you to be a part of it.
Given the recent incidents involving male students from the University of Ottawa, several commentators have raised concerns regarding the rape culture on university campuses. Drawing upon a feminist perspective, female students and faculties have initiated diverse actions to end violence towards women, but we now ought to consider how men can act as allies in this movement.
Violence against women is not solely a women's issue. Men play a key role in the solution to violence against women. The involvement of men is crucial to ending violence against women, yet it is not an easy task. Making ALL voices heard -- including those of men -- in the fight to end violence against women is a critical place to start.