At the core of all our education and programming is our signature analysis on the collective socialization of manhood — the Man Box — and our community organizing model for promoting healthy manhood. Our work is rooted in our seven core principles, which include centering marginalized voices and addressing intersectional oppression. Our approach follows the social ecological model, advocated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and we actively support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Goal 5: Gender Equality).
A Call To Men offers an invitation to men, not an indictment of manhood. We let men and boys know that their ideas about manhood, women, and girls have been shaped by their collective socialization. The messages that the media and culture bombard us with tell us that women are objects, property, and have less value than men.
Our job is to raise men’s and boys’ consciousness about their collective socialization so that they can think critically about how they might be reinforcing or passing on these harmful beliefs and so they can challenge those beliefs in other men. Because we address the root of these problems (from domestic violence and sexual assault to sexual harassment and workplace discrimination), we are paving the way for gender equity.
For decades, A Call To Men has mobilized hundreds of thousands of male-identified aspiring allies to women and girls around the world.
We have called them into this work, while holding them accountable, and educated and empowered them to speak out against and take action to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination. And we are doing the same for those who want to be aspiring allies to Black people and other people of color.
Since our founding in 2002, we have trained more than a million people and worked with organizations around the world, including the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Uber, Deloitte, Harry’s, J.P. Morgan, the United States Military, the U.S. Department of Justice, the United Nations, and colleges and universities across the country.