The Forum has put out a strongly-worded statement on male violence.
It makes it clear that it is not women who have to change but men. And not just the men who dish out violence but all men to change the culture and attitudes of our society.
Urging men to sign the White Ribbon promise on male violence, Forum CEO Martin Tod points out that change is critical for achieving better outcomes for men as well as women. Martin says:
Greater gender equality will not be a step back for men, it will be a step forward. It won’t be enough on its own, particularly for those men who face multiple disadvantage, but we also can’t get the improvements we need for men’s health without it.
And we won’t, and shouldn’t, just be doing this for men. The events of the last few days have reinforced again that the status quo is not an option. As men, we should find the events of the last few days intolerable – and reason enough on their own to work for change.
But it won’t be ‘other men’ who are the only ones that need to change. It’s down to all of us. It’s not just individual men, but men and men’s organisations working together. And, if we haven’t already started, that work needs to start today.