Blog – International Men’s Day

Blog – International Men’s Day

17/11/2021 //

This International Men’s Day theme is ‘better relationships between men and women’. At the heart of any relationship is the ability to listen. But as a society we have too often failed to listen to what women have been telling us. 

Since the murder of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa – and too many others – people are beginning to listen what women and girls have to say. But this isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. 

So what can you do?

It’s easy to feel that our individual actions have no impact. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

There are women and girls everywhere: they’re our friends, our bosses, our mothers, our sisters, our wives, our girlfriends, our colleagues. They are also human beings who we don’t know but are equally deserving of our kindness and respect. And if each of us can demonstrate that kindness and respect every day it will help make someone else’s life a little better. There isn’t a bigger impact than that.

The following is how we as a group of men try to live up to our commitment to improve the relationships we have with the women in our lives and for the women we will never meet:

• Listen. It’s not our place as men to provide solutions. It’s our responsibility to listen to and empower women to enable us to make the necessary changes together. 

 

• Educate ourselves. It’s not women’s responsibility to tell us about the issues they face. Go online to read/watch about women who have shared their experiences of sexism, sexual harassment and sexual violence. 

 

• Share. We speak to our male friends, colleagues and family members and are allies of women and girls in and out of the workplace. We are always teaching our male learners about equality, modern masculinity and consent but also each other and our friends.

 

• Challenge. We do not accept sexism and we challenge this wherever we see or hear it especially if there are no women around.   

 

• We Embody/role model a concept of modern masculinity: equality, inclusivity, empathy, respect, responsibility, compassion, and positive mental health and wellbeing.

 

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