Men of Nottingham! You can help to keep local women safe. Nearly 90% of survivors of domestic and sexual violence are women. 9 in 10 perpetrators of abuse against women are men. Not all men are violent towards women, but all men can help stop it. Will you?
Being a better ally in the movement to end violence against women and girls might sound like a daunting task but it doesn’t need to be. Check out our top 5 tips below.
5 ways to be a better Male Ally
in ending Violence Against Women and Girls
1. Take the White Ribbon pledge
Take the pledge to never use, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Join the 30,000 men who have already pledged against abuse at whiteribbon.org.uk.
However, taking the pledge is only the start, read on for tips on how to keep it.
2. Challenge Everyday Sexism
Misogyny supports abusive attitudes: let others know you won’t tolerate it.
There’s no doubt calling someone out is uncomfortable at any time, but it’s important that we do. When men are disrespectful about women, speak out. Get used to saying “that’s not okay” when you hear sexist jokes from friends, family and colleagues. We recommend reading this article for some great tips and tricks on how to make speaking out against sexism less daunting.
3. Support Women
If you think a woman you know is being hurt by a partner or ex, do something. Call the local 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline on 0808 800 0340 and find out how to help her safely (the helpline is run by Juno Women’s Aid).
You should also think about how you can support women’s safety every day. This might include acting in ways which help women to feel safe, such as keeping your distance or learning about bystander action. We recommend reading this article for more guidance.
4. Wear a White Ribbon
The easiest way to show your support for ending Violence against Women and Girls is to wear a white ribbon every day. It’s a great way to start a conversation about the White Ribbon campaign and the importance of male allies in the movement to end male violence against women.
4. Support your local White Ribbon Campaign
You can play a huge part in helping to promote the White Ribbon Campaign and ending violence towards women and girls in our community.
Learn more about how to support Nottingham’s White Ribbon Campaign here ->
Becoming a better ally means committing to continually learning more about the issue and reflecting on your own behaviours and privilege. There may be uncomfortable moments reflecting on past events and situations where you no longer condone your own or someone else’s behaviour. This is ok, there’s no need to question your past actions, what’s important is your commitment to learning and adapting from here on out. From us all here at Equation, we thank you for making that commitment to help end violence against women and girls here in Nottingham, and wish you the best of luck on your journey.
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