New advisory role for Garth

Garth has recently been appointed to the government’s Expert Reference Group (for Sexual Violence Prevention). This voluntary role will advise the Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Board and Ministerial Group on the viability and effectiveness of specific sexual violence prevention initiatives and activities. This will include whether proposed initiatives have an evidence base, are best practice, the potential for them to be scaled and targeted and if they will have an impact in preventing sexual violence. Garth was nominated for this role by White Ribbon NZ for his expertise in engaging men in effective violence prevention. “It’s men’s behaviour we really need to change to prevent violence so I’m looking forward to contributing towards our National Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy” says Garth.

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