ACTION 6: ENGAGE MEN AND BOYS

FAMA Card depicting economic abuse/neglect.

 

 

 

Faith

 

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman.

1 Corinthians 11:11

 

Fact Sheet

 

  • Men are more likely to perpetrate violence if they have low levels of education; a history of child maltreatment; exposure to domestic violence against their mothers; harmful use of alcohol; unequal gender norms, including attitudes accepting of violence; or a sense of entitlement over women.[1]
  • One in 40 men in the US is a victim of rape or attempted rape during his lifetime.[2]
  • In the US, 97 percent of domestic-abuse perpetrators are male.[3]

Reflection and Action

 

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a societal crisis, and it is imperative that we engage women and girls, men and boys in combatting it so that our work is transformative. Engaging men and boys to transform harmful gender norms and unequal power dynamics is critical to achieving gender equality. For transformative, sustainable change to occur, men and boys must see themselves as partners in the process. Men and boys also benefit when harmful norms are challenged.

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, engages men and boys, women and girls in its ministry for gender equality and justice. Initiatives include a project advocating for equitable access to menstrual-hygiene products and a forum for men and boys to examine their responsibilities to end GBV and other forms of gender inequity. Conversations for Men regularly convenes for men and boys to discuss themes such as love, consent, authenticity, masculinity, empathy and alcohol.

 

We encourage you to review the image of the Faith, Association, Meaning Action card themed “economic violence,” found here, and then engage your community in dialogue in response to the questions it poses.

 

Recommended reading

 

A Father’s Hope: An Equal World” by Episcopal Relief & Development Senior Program Officer Ernest Cajuste

Promundo’s “The role of fathers in Parenting for gender equality

The World Council of Churches and the AIDS Initiative in Africa’s “Contextual Bible Study Manual on Transformative Masculinity

 

 

[1] https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/violence-against-women

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/2015data-brief508.pdf

[3] https://opdv.ny.gov/professionals/abusers/genderandipv.html