Joyful Heart Foundation (JHF), in conjunction with A CALL TO MEN has released a new PSA campaign that highlights the importance of men's role in speaking up and supporting survivors of sexual assault, abuse and harassment. The spots were co-produced by Viacom Velocity; directed by JHF's founder and president, Mariska Hargitay; developed by creative director Rachel Howald from Invisible Man; edited by Jean Taylor at Wax; and will be distributed nationally by Boom Broadcast and Viacom.

What is the Man Box?

A CALL TO MEN uses the Man Box to illustrate the collective socialization of men. The Man Box identifies the limitations on what a man is supposed to be and what he believes. These expectations are taught to men – sometimes unconsciously – and reinforced by society. In the man box, men are supposed to be:

  • Powerful and dominating
  • Fearless and in control
  • Strong and emotionless
  • Successful – in the boardroom, the bedroom and on the ball field

In the Man Box, women are objects, the property of men, and of less value than men. The teachings of the Man Box allow violence against women, girls and other marginalized groups to persist.

Your Influence - Your Platform Men's Event

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Join leaders from business, politics, professional sports, media, human service organizations and advocacy groups who have committed to use their influence and platform to promote healthy, respectful manhood, and prevent violence and discrimination against women and girls. Attendees will learn:
• How the Man Box restricts men and prevents them from being their authentic selves
• To use their influence and platform to spur positive social change in their home, workplace and community
• How they can help prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex trafficking and bullying

Your Influence – Your Platform is sponsored by Cigna, the New York Giants and the National Football League. The event is free to the first 300 registrants; breakfast is included.

September 29, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hilton Newark Airport
1170 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201


Questions? Contact Danielle Erwin at danielle@acalltomen.org

The Many Faces of Manhood - A CALL TO MEN's 2017 National Conference

A CALL TO MEN’s 2017 National Conference will explore the Many Faces of
Manhood. Through engaging keynotes, roundtable discussions and interactive
breakout sessions, attendees will learn how the collective socialization of men creates a
fertile ground for violence and discrimination against women and girls. Those same
notions of sexism and inequality hold men hostage to the rigid norms 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. As men are empowered to be their authentic
selves, we will collectively create a world where all men and boys are loving and
respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.

The Many Faces of Manhood is generously sponsored by:

Confirmed speakers include (with additional speakers announced weekly):

WADE DAVIS - Senior Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, YSC

RUS FUNK - Co-Founder, North American Men Engage Network

BECKI MASAKI - Co-Founder, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

NICOLE MATTHEWS- Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

DR. BETH RICHIE - Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice and African American Studies, University of Illinois - Chicago


BYRON HURT - Activist, Lecturer, Writer, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

EVA TENUTO - Executive Director & Co-Founder, TMI Project


NEIL IRVIN - Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

PHENG THAO - Founder & Director, ManForward MN & Men and Masculine Folks Network


TRINA GREENE BROWN - Move to End Violence

ED HEISLER - Executive Director, Men as Peacemakers

TREY GREENE - Co-Founder & Executive Director, Transcend Charlotte

JUAN RAMOS - Executive Director, Community Driven Solutions

SCHEHERAZADE TILLET - Executive Director, A Long Walk Home

TED BUNCH - Chief Development Officer, A CALL TO MEN

AFUA ADDO - Coordinator, Gender & Justice Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation

CHIMI BOYD-KEYES - Speaker, Trainer, Consultant

SUMAYYA COLEMAN - Share Time Wisely Consulting Services, African American, Black Women's Cultural Alliance

LENNY HAYES - Owner, Tate Topa Consulting

SAM SIMMONS - Samuel Simmons Consulting

VINCENT THOMAS - Professor of Dance, Towson University

KYLE "GUANTE" TRAN MYHRE - MC, Activist & Educator


SCOTT DAVIS - Organizer, Men for Tewa Women United (MTWU)

MICHAEL FRY - One World. One Rope & Jump LA

RICKIE HOUSTON - Prevention Specialist, Domestic Violence Shelter & Services Inc., and
Senior Pastor, Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC

RAHK LASH - Assistant Director for Multicultural Affairs, Ithaca College

JEFF MATSUSHITA - Program Specialist, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

DAVI MOZIE - Cornell Cooperative Extension & I-Jump, and LIVERESPECT Education Coordinator, A CALL TO MEN

ISAAC OCHIENG OYOO - Jump Rope Association of Kenya

AMON NYAUNDI OMWOYO - Jump Rope Association of Kenya 

JASON PAGE - Senior Director of National Programs, Men Can Stop Rape

SAANII HERNANDEZ - Vice President, Minnesota Women's Foundation

JAY TAYLOR - Clinician, Silver Hill Hospital

Areas of focus include: 

·      A CALL TO COACHES – Engaging Youth and Young Men Through Sports

·      Athletes Promoting Healthy Manhood On and Off the Field

·      Working with Athletes on College Campuses

·      Fatherhood and Filling the Gap of Fatherlessness

·      Co-Parenting in the Context of Healthy, Respectful Manhood

·      LIVERESPECT: Developing Healthy, Respectful Manhood in Middle/High School

·      Fraternities and the Role They Can Play in Promoting Healthy Manhood

·      Incarceration and Male Domination

·      The Next Generation of Manhood Ending the Cycle of Consequences

·      Men of Faith’s Responsibility in Ending Violence Against all Women and Girls

·      Promoting Gender Equality in Our Religious and Spiritual Institutions

·      Black Lives Matter Includes Black Women and Girls

·      Beyond the Gender Binary – the Intersections of Oppression

·      Addressing Male Domination in Whiteness and White Supremacy

·      Why we Need to Emphasize the Word ALL in Ending Violence Against ALL Women and Girls

·      Insights from Young Adult Activists

·      Artistic Expressions of Authenticity for Organizing and Healing

·      Men’s Work: Commercial Sexual Exploitation includes Pornography

·      Addressing Gang Violence and Preventing Violence Against ALL Women and Girls

·      Hope and Healing for Men

·      Corporate Culture and Manhood

·      Healthy Manhood Addressing the Challenges Facing Men of Color

·      The Impact of Technology on Manhood: An Exploration of Porn, Gaming and Social Media

·      Connection on Demand: How Dating Apps Prohibit Authenticity


  • Consolidated Youth Programs
  • Campus Programs
  • Tribal Coalition Programs
  • Tribal Government Programs 


Gloria Steinem calls the work of A CALL TO MEN the "basis for world peace"


A CALL TO MEN’s 2017 Gala celebrated the organization’s 15th anniversary and honored individuals who promote healthy, respectful manhood and prevent violence and discrimination against all women and girls.  Their work and your support furthers A CALL TO MEN’s vision: to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.  The 2017 honorees included:

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

The A CALL TO MEN Award for Institutional Change honors an individual using their influence to promote healthy, respectful manhood and prevent violence against all women and girls at the institutional level.

Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer

The A CALL TO MEN Envisionary Award pays tribute to women whose vision, leadership and action help create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.  

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

The Next Generation of Manhood Award honors individuals who embrace and promote a healthy, respectful manhood, and use their platform to raise awareness for the prevention of violence against all women and girls. 



Actor and Activist Matt McGorry keynoted the gala.  McGorry is a self-described feminist and stars in "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Orange is the New Black"


Richard Lui, news anchor at MSNBC served as emcee.  


May 25, 2017
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
New York, NY


Prevent Sexual Assault in High School & College


Registration is open for A CALL TO MEN's two-day educational training event for high schools, colleges and universities.  LIVERESPECT on Campus: Preventing Sexual Assault in High School & College will provide education and prevention strategies on engaging young men to reduce sexual assault, while promoting healthy respectful manhood.  Attendees will:

  • gain actionable strategies on engaging young men in sexual violence prevention
  • learn best practices in athletics, advocacy, men’s initiatives, campus wide initiatives and policy
  • be given practical instruction via working sessions on how to address campus specific issues
  • be educated on and given A CALL TO MEN’s proprietary LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum which promotes healthy, respectful manhood; decreases language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenges harmful cultural and social norms; and decreases instances of bullying and homophobia

WHO SHOULD REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT?  High school and college administrators, educators, athletic directors, coaches, counselors, social service providers, student leaders,  and representatives from men's organizations, women's organizations, Greek & fraternal organizations, and the advocacy community.  


A CALL TO MEN has reached 500+ colleges and universities, educating students and faculty members on healthy, respectful manhood, and preventing violence and discrimination against all women and girls. Some of the colleges and universities we have worked with include: Duke University, Princeton University, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University, Clemson University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Colorado State University, Florida State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Appalachian State University, Tulane University, Dillard University, Furman University, Shaw University, North Carolina Central University, Michigan State University, Cal State University, New York State University and others.

Data shows dramatic shifts in attitudes and behaviors that will prevent bullying, violence and sexual assault

A CALL TO MEN’s LIVERESPECT Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum prevents bullying, dating violence and sexual assault in schools and sports.  The easy-to-integrate curriculum offers coaches, educators, mentors and youth advocates the tools to build young men of character.  The curriculum is free and available for download.  

New data from the LIVERESPECT Curriculum pilot shows dramatic shifts in attitudes and behaviors that will prevent bullying and violence.  A CALL TO MEN surveyed nearly 300 male middle- and high-school students who participated in the LIVERESPECT Curriculum Pilot during the 2016-17 school year. The participants submitted anonymous surveys before starting and after completing the curriculum.  The findings are promising.

  • Pre-curriculum, only 19 percent of boys agree that they know what consent means. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 75 percent.
  • Pre-curriculum, only 16 percent of boys agree that they are taught to view women as having less value. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 74 percent.
  • Pre-curriculum, only 21 percent of boys agree that they are taught to view women and girls as the property of men. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 90 percent.
  • Pre-curriculum, 68 percent of boys see that the Man Box exists and dictates how they should act and feel. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 99 percent.

Download the full report HERE.