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Promoting Respect, Preventing Violence

A conference on promoting Healthy & Respectful Ways of Being a Man leading to positive social change for all. This conference - the fifth in a national series organised by A CALL TO MEN UK - is presented in partnership with Roehampton University.

Together, educators (of all kinds) and youth workers 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 and educational settings take sex equality? What does sex equality and a healthy and respectful view of girls and women look like to a 5 year old? A 13 year old? a 19 year old? What's it like to be a girl or young woman at your institution or where you provide your service? 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 some young men themselves?

These questions matter. So do facts.

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 must be that we can change this narrative.

Promoting Respect, Preventing Violence : A CALL TO EDUCATORS

This groundbreaking one-day conference will be a valuable conversation-starter - for people working in all forms of education and youth-focused settings and services - 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 constructively around a desire to make a positive impact in ending sexual violence, partnership abuse and coercive behaviours.

We want to highlight common ground between all kinds of educators, youth workers and also those working with adult men and suggest ways of collaboration to effect social change through a range of progressive interventions in the lives of boys and young men.

We are extremely pleased to say that our group of confirmed speakers include nationally known campaigners and academics - women and men - and people working directly with boys and young men.

The day will take the form of two vital phases.

The first: 'Naming The Problem'. This phase - which explains the 'WHY?' - will look at how violence of all kinds against women and girls is ingrained in our cultures and what shapes that takes - domestic abuse, sexual violence and exploitation and coercive control. We are delighted to say that Polly Neate, CEO of Women's Aid and Heather Brunskell-Evans of Leicester University and Founder of Filia will be our key speakers for this phase. They will be followed by a theatre piece 'Romeo Jones' - an interactive exploration of abusive teenage relationships by Certain Curtain Theatre.

The second: 'Creating Solutions' - which will give particpants constructive frameworks for making positiove change and thereby start to answer the 'HOW?' - will look at a range of approaches to engaging men and boys in challenging unhealthy beliefs and values about women and girls with the aim of promoting progressive, egalitarian and respectful behaviours.

Assuming an optimum uptake by key stakeholders the event will provide a unique opportunity for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education 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 in groups and critically reflect on the role each plays in supporting the optimum development of young men. In the process of airing these perspectives we hope to establish commonality of purpose, responsibility and, ultimately, a sense of realistic opportunity.

YOUR ideas and suggestions will add the extra magic and will take this dialogue much further. Don't be shy!

Some comments from our recent 'A Call To Educators' conferences in Birmingham #ac2mBrum, Exeter #ac2mExeter and Bristol #ac2mBristol

"The 'buzz in the room' was both reassuring and uplifting, demonstrating that change is possible." S.A. The Brymore Academy (11-18yrs)

"It was hard hitting content but people needed to see it to stop pretending that it's not happening." R.G. Devon Safeguarding Children Board

"Great 'Making Respectful Men' event #ac2mBristol today. As a survivor of DV, it meant a lot to see men challenging sexism & VAW" Anon. (Survivor of DV)

"We were able to forge some positive potential working relationships as a result of the conference." J.B. Devon Young People's Accommodation Service

"Men have to question what it means to be a man and most importantly, what we are teaching our young men!" CT, Deputy Head, Droitwich

"It was an excellent conference. Very informative. Thank you." Bristol Freedom Programme

"Thanks for today, A Call To Men UK. Lots to think about and lots to be done, lots of great provocative discussion and questioning." E.H. Nottingham Uni Post Grad student

"It was wonderful to meet so many great people, doing different kinds of powerful work to end men’s violence against women & girls" S.B. Centre for Research Into Violence and Abuse, Durham University

"Working with young men to seek out their emotions early on has been a benefit!" TP, The Arc School

" The early start [from Scotland] was well & truly justified - great afternoon at #AC2MBrum Thanks to everyone involved, hopefully see you next time!" N.C. Prison-based Mental Health Advocacy Service, Dundee


Please see our gallery of confirmed speakers below. There will be several presentations, with interactive workshops interspersed through the day. We aim for the event to have relevance both locally and beyond.

Michael Conroy

Michael Conroy

A CALL TO MEN UK

Development Manager. Michael has worked in education in UK and Europe for nearly twenty years. His contribution to A CALL TO MEN UK includes: creating alliances, developing learning resources for our 'Free Up' coaches to use in their programme delivery with boys and young men and representing A CALL TO MEN UK at conferences and meetings across the UK. Michael is also one of our 'Free Up' Coaches, currently delivering programmes to young men and workshops to teachers, youth workers, mentors and health workers across the UK. The Directors of AC2M UK are women who have worked for decades with survivors of DA. They 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.


Heather Brunskell-Evans

Dr. Heather Brunskell-Evans

Leicester University.

Occupation: Social theorist and philosopher, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, London (2016 - ). Bio: I am a social theorist and philosopher with an interest in the work of Michel Foucault and in feminist philosophy and politics of the body. Having been an academic for nearly three decades I am now also working on national and international political agendas driving the rights of women and girls. I am a Trustee of FiLia, a new feminist charity and Director of its Stop Violence against Women and Girls section.Dream: For a world where women, children and men can be free from male sexual violence and where all men experience the joy of gentleness in masculinity.

Stephen Burrell

Stephen Burrell

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse


Mark Coulter

Mark Coulter

Mencentric http://mencentric.co.uk/ Mark has worked in the domestic violence sector since 2002 creating the Men’s Advice Line, moving to Respect and as Domestic Violence Prevention Manager at Hull City Council in 2008 creating Strength To Change. In 2014, he left Hull City Council to set up Mencentric Limited and acts as a consultant, programme designer and trainer, working with agencies who wish to develop their capacity to work with men within the context of intimate partner abuse. He has recently completed an MSc in Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health at the University of Manchester.

Polly Neate

Polly Neate

Women's Aid

CEO, Women’s Aid. Polly joined Women’s Aid as Chief Executive in February 2013. Leading the organisation through a time of significant challenge and change, she is also a prominent commentator on violence against women, and on sexism and feminism more widely. Throughout her career, Polly has contributed to a vast range of media, including national newspapers, magazines, and books. She continues to write extensively for a range of media as the CEO of Women’s Aid, including the Telegraph, the Guardian, Huffington Post and Civil Society, and regularly appears on television and radio.


*PLUS 4 MORE SPEAKERS CURRENTLY BEING FINALISED*

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