Up to 7 in 10 women experience violence in their lifetime, most often perpetrated by men. Men’s violence against women and girls has its roots in the ways we have historically regarded women and men, girls and boys. Women were denied such basic rights as the right to vote, to pursue a career, to own property or to pursue higher education. Some countries still deny women and girls these basic rights. Even though laws and social policies have changed, inequities persist generation after generation because of the messages we give children about how we value women and men.
Many boys grow up witnessing violence in the home or directly experiencing violence themselves. Although some boys and men refuse to use violence themselves, it has taught others that the use of force is normal in personal relations. The messages we receive as children stay with us as we become adults. Sexism, gender inequality, violence against women, and homophobia are tied to how boys are socialized from a young age to accept strict views of masculinity.
For too long, masculinity has been defined by limiting, one-dimensional definitions that limit men to descriptions like “jock”, “hero”, “the strong silent type”, “ clueless husband.” There’s no humanity in these definitions, and not only are they offensive to men, but they’re also inaccurate.
White Ribbon’s Be A Man Campaign aims to tear down historical ideals of patriarchy and masculinity and in place build up definitions that are as diverse as men are. Evolved, realistic ideals of manhood that encourage self-respect as the first step in respecting others; celebrate strength but sees weakness in using it for harm; free men to express their intelligence and emotions, demand equity for all
Men have an important role to play when it comes to defining manhood, so together we’re taking a proactive approach. We have directly observed the negative impact that outdated male stereotypes have on young men and how they hinder their ability to become productive, confident, happy members of society. Men can work to educate men and stop violent behaviour before it starts.
The men's code
We believe in men.
But the idea of men has been distorted.
Limited to one-dimensional stereotypes that diminish our potential and restrict our contributions to a healthy society.
Gentlemen, it’s time.
Time to write a new code of manhood.
A code as complex and diverse as men.
One that doesn’t confine us to labels like jock, nerd, hero, clueless husband or strong silent type.
That encourages self-respect as the first step in respecting others.
That celebrates strength but sees weakness in using it for harm.
That frees us to express all emotions.
That demands equality for all and inspires us to play a powerful, positive role in the world.
We believe in men.
Let’s show the world what it means to be one.
Support Be A Man.
We want men to show us that they agree with healthy masculinity, gender equality and ending violence against women in a simple but powerful way – hug a man you’re close to, take a photo, tell us what “be a man” means to you, tweet it, and hashtag it #ManHug.
Outdated models of masculinity don’t encourage men to hug one another; hugging a man you care about is an impactful way for men to show they support our campaign and agree with an updated, evolved definition of masculinity. Men can alter harmful masculine idealism one positive action at a time!
Add to the mancode, share your own thoughts and ideas on modern masculinity: http://www.whiteribbon.ca/add-to-the-man-code/
Men want to be involved in changing harmful attitudes and put and end to gender-based violence. We want to hear from you!
Download or share online the “mancode” poster http://whiteribbon.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/newcode.pdf as a statement of support for White Ribbon, Be A Man, and belief in gender equity and the importance of men’s role in ending gender-based violence.
|Date:||28 February 2013|
|Action Type:||Awareness Raising|