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.
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.
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.
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.