Moving Forward in Solidarity - DVAM 2018

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018, A CALL TO MEN is offering practical ways that men can act in solidarity with women.  Join us each week in October for Moving Forward in Solidarity, a campaign where you can take actionable steps to raise awareness of how men can prevent all forms of violence and discrimination against all women and girls.

Week One - Solidarity in Community

1.       Listen to women and validate their experiences

2.       Challenge the harmful messages you have received about gender  

3.       Do not use language that denigrates women and girls

4.       Be clear on why you care about these issues and what you want to do about them

5.       Identify the areas of your life where you can influence men, boys and culture

Week Two - Solidarity at Work

1.       Call out sexist language, jokes and insults

2.       Be intentional about who is in the room and whose voices are heard

3.       Advocate for equal pay in your industry

4.       Promote talented female and gender non-conforming leaders

5.       Educate yourself about sexual harassment and effective prevention methods

Week Three - Solidarity at Home

1.       Talk about healthy, respectful manhood

2.       Don’t conform to the pressure to always be in control

3.       Never use power, control or violence

4.       Don’t let gender dictate how you contribute to your household

5.       Acknowledge the contributions of women in your family and ask their opinions

 Week Four - Solidarity in Campus Life

1.       Create a culture where everyone controls their own drinks

2.       Develop an interest in women outside of sexual conquest

3.       Demonstrate consent in all you do – including any touching and dancing

4.       Intervene in safe ways – ask if she’s okay or if she needs anything

5.       Promote healthy, respectful manhood on campus

 Week Five - Solidarity in Parenting

1.       Never use gender-based insults to discipline

2.       Don’t perpetuate sexist stereotypes

3.       Encourage your children to express their emotions

4.       Support your children’s expressions of gender

5.       Model healthy, respectful manhood