16 Days: Men and Boys Have a Responsibility to End Gender-based Violence

Gender-based violence takes the life of one in three women worldwide and is the leading cause of disability and death to women between the ages of 15 and 44 -- more than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined. In Latin America, up to a third of women experience gender-based violence. But gender-based violence isn't simply a women's issue; it is a human rights issue that affects men too, as both victims and aggressors.

Gender-based violence is made up of a complex set of behaviors that include not only physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, but also forced marriage, son preference, homophobia, honor killings, sexual harassment, human trafficking, and armed conflict. In the struggle to ensure the safety of girls and women, it is crucial that men and boys take responsibility for the role they play in enacting and being complicit in the gender-based violence that happens in their own lives and communities.

The following video features Tony Porter, the co-founder of A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women, responding to the personal challenge of holding himself accountable for acts of violence against women and girls. Porter tells a story from his own life in which he failed to act to prevent violence and explains how he found the strength and motivation in this failing to become an advocate for ending gender-based violence.


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