Advancing the Conversation

January 2017

Boys from the JPaul Boit Boys High School in Eldoret Kenya

Boys from the JPaul Boit Boys High School in Eldoret Kenya

Welcome to the A CALL TO MEN blog!  This space is designed to lift up the stories and experiences of thought leaders, activists and others working to promote healthy, respectful manhood and prevent violence and discrimination against all women and girls.  We have one primary criteria – which we not only apply here, but in all spaces where you see or hear A CALL TO MEN – how are we advancing the conversation? 

We pose that same question to you.  How are you advancing the conversation about healthy, respectful manhood, and preventing violence and discrimination against all women and girls in your work and your circles?  Can you do more in 2017?  Is there a way we can support your efforts?

In a recent conversation, Tony Porter, the CEO and co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, spoke eloquently about dedicating your life to a cause you may not see solved in your lifetime.  Similarly, Gloria Steinem, an honorary member of A CALL TO MEN’s board of directors, reminded us not to worry about what all can be done, but simply to do all you can. 

This year, A CALL TO MEN will celebrate its 15th anniversary.  We are doing all we can to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.  We have a big agenda this year. 

On May 25, A CALL TO MEN will host its 2017 Gala.  The event will celebrate the organization’s 15th anniversary and will honor individuals who promote healthy, respectful manhood and prevent violence and discrimination against all women and girls.  This year we will honor:

·       Eve Ensler, playwright, performer and activist

·       Alan Gardner, senior vice president, human resources, Verizon Communications

·       Joe and Alice Torre, chairman and president, Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation

In September, A CALL TO MEN will bring its National Conference to Minneapolis, MN.  The conference will explore the Many Faces of Manhood.  A CALL TO MEN will convene influential and passionate voices to examine healthy, respectful manhood in athletics, education, incarceration, fatherhood, faith communities and around issues of gender. 

We are excited to continue A CALL TO MEN’s Global Initiative in Kenya, where the Jump Rope Association of Kenya is implementing our LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum.  A CALL TO MEN’s Davi Mozie will be spending time with leaders in Kenya, furthering the message of healthy, respectful manhood and violence prevention. 

Throughout the year, A CALL TO MEN will be working in communities across the country hosting coaching events, training institutes, and working with high schools and colleges advancing the conversation about healthy, respectful manhood and preventing violence against all women and girls.  I hope you will join us.  Sign up for our emails at www.acalltomen.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @acalltomen to see when we will be in your community. 

Here’s to 2017, and to working together to end the sexism and inequality that not only hurts women but prevents men from being their authentic selves.

 — Anna Marie Johnson Teague, Chief Communications Officer, A CALL TO MEN