Research the issue and challenge yourself

Spend some time learning about masculinity, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence and challenge yourself to think about your own ideas and attitudes. The Resources page has some ideas for self education.

Although most men will never be violent, we all need to examine ways we might try to control women. Do we dominate conversations? Do we put them down? Do we limit their activities?

  • Ask a woman who trusts you how violence has affected her life
  • Read a novel that relates to violence against women
  • Examine how your own behaviour might contribute to the problem and how you can change it.
  • If you have ever been violent, seek help immediately getting to the root of your problem. Don’t wait until it happens again.

Most men do not commit violence against women. But all men have a role in ending it. If we all start by making a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms, that will make a huge difference.

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