MAKING RESPECTFUL MEN - A CALL TO EDUCATORS.
A one-day conference on promoting Healthy & Respectful Ways of Being a Man leading to positive social change for all.
Together, educators and youth workers (of all kinds) have an enormous potential to support the positive, healthy and respectful development of boys and young men, but are we realising this potential? How seriously do Schools, Colleges, Universities or other Youth settings take gender equality? What does gender equality and a healthy and respectful view of girls look like to a 5 year old? A 13 year old? a 19 year old? What's it like to be a girl at your institution? What kind of 'box' do we expect boys to fit into? Would phrases like 'Man Up', 'Don't run like a girl', 'Boys don't cry' go unchallenged where you work? Are they part of a spectrum that leads to serious negative outcomes for girls and women - and young men themselves?
The fact is that most domestic and sexual violence is committed by men, even though most men are not violent. We believe this is not biological or pre-ordained, it's social and cultural. So why do we allow it? Do we unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes in formative years that make violence and coercive control more likely later on? If we do, then the good news is that we can change the narrative.
MAKING RESPECTFUL MEN : A CALL TO EDUCATORS
This groundbreaking one-day conference will be a unique and unforgettable conversation-starter - for people working in all forms of education settings - around supporting the development of positive and healthy ways of being a man. We want to inspire and empower people to talk to boys and young men about what it means to be a man and how some narratives around 'masculinity' lead to harm for women and girls and - ultimately - for boys and men, too.
We want to link people, to highlight common ground between all educators and suggest ways of collaboration to effect social change through a range of progressive interventions in the lives of boys and young men.
The event will start with a welcome and mutual introductions.
We will then briefly showcase the work of agencies and schools who have been delivering the nationally-innovative programme (formerly known as Coaching Healthy & Respectful Men, now 'FREE UP') devised by A CALL TO MEN UK.
Assuming an optimum uptake the remainder of the event will provide a unique opportunity for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary practitioners - as well as a host of other settings (Youth Service, Sports, Youth Justice) where work is undertaken with boys and young men - to discuss the role each plays in supporting the development of young men. In the process of airing these perspectives we hope to establish commonality of purpose, responsibility and, ultimately, of opportunity.
PRIMARY: Positive Early Messages
SECONDARY AND OTHER (e.g. Youth Service Settings) 11-19YRS: Delivering 'Free Up'' and other initiatives.
TERTIARY/UNIVERSITY: So-called 'Lad Culture' in Uni's (and its links to Primary and Secondary) and what can be done about it by looking at that context but also by looking 'upstream' to earlier phases.
LA/EARLY HELP/ SCHOOL CONSORTIA: Creating the consciousness and infrastructure for effecting social change through targeted collaboration
YOUR ideas and suggestions will add the extra magic and will take this dialogue much further. Don't be shy!
Please see our gallery of confirmed speakers below. There will be Nine in total, with interactive workshops. We are awaiting confirmation of FOUR speakers from the South West area, involved in Health, Safeguarding, Policing and Education. The event will have both a local, regional and national relevance. Updates to follow soon!
Durham University, Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
Researcher into masculinities and violence reduction campaigns. Co-founder of student led #YesAllMen campaign
A CALL TO MEN UK / Supportworks Ltd
Kay is an educator, trainer and advocate who has been working within the domestic abuse arena for over 10 years. Kay is highly regarded by practitioners from all sectors for her professionals' training. She is widely recognised for her work with survivors and continues to deliver recovery programmes to women in Worcestershire. Her understanding of the lived experience of survivors that led her to found A CALL TO MEN UK. The Directors of AC2M UK share the conviction that women’s voices must be heard in any primary prevention efforts. This conviction ensures that A CALL TO MEN UK will continue to remain accountable to those they serve.
A CALL TO MEN UK
A Call To Men UK National Co-ordinator. Michael has worked in formal and informal educational settings in UK and Europe for nearly twenty years. In addition to his full-time work for an educational charity, his contribution to A CALL TO MEN UK includes: networking with allies, collating multi-media learning resources for our 'Free Up' coaches to use and representing A CALL TO MEN UK at conferences and meetings across educational phases. Michael is also one of our 'Free Up' Coaches, currently delivering to students in Worcestershire.