A CALL TO MEN Guiding Principles
1 | ROOTS OF VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
Men's violence and discrimination against women and girls is rooted in a history of male domination that has deeply influenced the definition of manhood in our culture. This definition of manhood has three primary aspects that promote and support a culture of violence and discrimination against women and girls. It teaches that women are of less value than men, the property of men and sexual objects. A CALL TO MEN views these three components as an equation that equals violence against women and girls.
2 | MEN'S WORK
Preventing domestic, sexual, and all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls is primarily the responsibility of men. This also includes teaching and promoting healthy concepts of manhood to each other, our sons and other boys.
3 | ADDRESSING ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION
We cannot focus only on one form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. All forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls are interwoven. We will not end one form of violence without working to end them all.
4 | VOICES OF WOMEN
While men are primarily and ultimately responsible for ending men's violence, this cannot be done without adhering to the voices, leadership and experiences of women. When working to end any form of abuse you must be accountable to those experiencing the abuse.
5 | INTERSECTIONS OF OPPRESSION
We have to be purposeful and comprehensive in our work, understanding that many women and communities experience multiple forms of oppression. Without this understanding, our work will be limited and "mainstream focused.” This approach is required if our work is to end violence against ALL women. It also then requires us to work with ALL men.
6 | COMMITMENT TO GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY-BASED EFFORTS
Ending violence against ALL women and girls requires a collaborative effort with grassroots, culturally specific community-based organizations. These organizations have to be part of, and in many respects lead, the process if we are to engage in any purposeful and cultural specific prevention effort.
7 | HOPE FOR MEN
The majority of men don't perpetrate violence against women and girls. What they are responsible for is creating, maintaining and benefiting from a male dominating culture that is required for the violence to exist. Once educated to these realities we believe there is hope for men.