New report on involving Pacific men

Great to see a new report out about involving Pacific men in preventing violence. This references Garth’s paper Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women which is available here.

It’s clear that to prevent men’s domestic and sexual violence against women we need to connect with men, and this is best achieved by drawing on their identity and cultural values.

New research – how men can support #Me Too

Garth has recently researched and written a report for White Ribbon NZ on how they can align with the #Me Too Movement.

The report generates new understanding as it discusses the development and impact of #Me Too, and argues it’s now up to violence prevention campaigns to build on the heightened public awareness and promote the specific actions #Me Too asks of men.

Men need to:
– Transform their ideas about masculinity to be more open, respectful and healthier.
– Lsten to and believe women’s experiences of men.
– Reflect on past behaviour and commit to being more respectful.
– Disrupt other men when they disrespect or threaten women.

There’s a link to the report here. This page also describes how this year’s White Ribbon campaign will action this research – this is what Garth’s working on right now.

While this report is for White Ribbon, it is valuable to anyone involved in preventing men’s violence against women.

Gender and policing – concept paper

Garth recently completed a concept paper for the NZ Police’s Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme that works with the police organisations of Pacific countries.

The concept paper proposed action to ensure police staff: prioritise their investigation of domestic violence, take a victim-centred and human rights-based approach; and hold perpetrators accountable.

This is regardless of their personal views about gender, or of local traditions, religion or culture. The concept paper frames up action to be taken over the next five years to lift community trust in the police’s ability to prevent and effectively respond to domestic violence.  


What Gray Matter has been up to

Late last year we spent two months in India.

Garth at the Men Engage conference, New Delhi, Nov 2014

Garth attended the Men Engage conference in New Delhi ( which focused on efforts from around the world to change gender attitudes of men.  This is a key aspect of violence prevention, alongside a range of health and development projects.

The remainder of the time was holidaying – trekking near Darjeeling and in Sikkim, and touring in Kerala, in the south of India. Kerala was a peaceful, laid back place and the tour involved something physical every day – cycling, walking or kayaking the famed backwaters. All great fun.

Garth has a range of violence prevention and mentoring projects for early 2015. This involves designing more programmes for men changing their behaviour.

This year Alison is focusing on research, report writing and editing, with a particular interest in helping NGOs meet their accountability requirements. She welcomes approaches from organisations who’d like some help

Gray Matter in early 2012

Alison is currently working on background papers for the White Paper on Vulnerable Children.

Garth spent much of early 2012 working with a home care provider in Hamilton and Tauranga. He was also away co-facilitating a ‘Sex and Ethics’ training programme.  He continues providing supervision services.

Both Alison and Garth have enjoyed keeping fit and getting out to enjoy the great Autumn:

Not sitting on the fence

Garth in Papua New Guinea

Garth’s just back from running training with a group of 12 men in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

The 12 men are involved in promoting safer sexual health to other men. The training was about how they can effectively promote behaviour change, especially about violence to women.

The three day training developed the idea of Trupela Man, the Pidgin English term for true man. This useful term summarised the collection of healthy behaviour the men were promoting. Along with using condoms (Koap wantaim kondom), the men were promoting Tok nogat long bagaripim meri – say no to violence to women.

The training looked at the benefits  and costs of desirable behaviours and developed key messages to use with men. This is part of  a project to prevent HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) that is managed by NZ’s Family Planning. Garth will probably work with these men again in June and November.