Successfully Involving Men and Boys to End Violence Against Women

Why is it critical that men and boys embrace the tasks of promoting gender equality and equality and ending violence against women? And perhaps just as importantly, how can we work more effectively to ensure that men and boys do embrace this challenge? This short paper will focus on the first of these questions.
For the past two-and-a-half decades, a small but now rapidly-growing number of men and women around the world have been working to find answers to precisely these questions. In one sense, these seem to be obvious questions: if males comprise half the population and, what is more, still maintain unequal positions of social, economic and political power, then surely men must be mobilized if we are going to achieve our goals of equality and equity, including an end to all forms of violence against women.

About Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman, Ph.D., is an educator and writer focused on engaging men and boys to promote gender equality and end violence against women. He is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women.

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