We Will Speak Out Coalition - March 2014 Update
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March 2014 - Coalition Update #2

FOCUS: Men and Masculinities

Men speak out against sexual violence at the World Council of Churches pre-assembly (October 2013) 

The World Council of Churches, a WWSO member, held its General Assembly in Busan Korea in October. At a women’s and men’s pre-meeting, the men issued a powerful statement of commitment to gender equality and ending patriarchy.

The statement concludes: “We call on all the Churches to dare to work together towards just gender relations, promoting the life of peace and justice this will bring. Together as men and women we will play our part in being churches that are places of solidarity, affirmation and welcome of a new society of justice and life for all.” 

You can find the full statement here.


Will you commit to be a 'First Man Standing'? 

For too long men have been silent about ending violence against women. To address this, WWSO member, Restored has launched a men’s campaign called First Man Standing

The campaign asks men to respect all women, to challenge each other’s attitudes and behaviours and to pledge to end violence. The campaign encourages men to take opportunities to join advocacy campaigns and to think through what it means to be a Christian man in today’s society.

Work is also under way on exploring the potential for a Christian perpetrator programme for those who are seeking to stop their own violent behaviour.

You too can be a First Man Standing.  Click here to sign up. 

Challenging Men in the Democratic Republic of Congo

" If we men don’t change, then women and girls will continue to live in fear, in trauma, and in pain of the abuse by the men in their life. And that is no way for a child or a woman to live, and is no way for us to be men."                                                Prabu Deepan, Tearfund
WWSO member, Tearfund, has an exciting project in DRC as part of the UK Government’s preventing sexual violence initiative (PSVI). The study aims to better understand the attitudes, practices and knowledge of men in relation to gender and sexual violence. This study will inform our crucial work to mobilise the faith communities in Congo to engage men and boys in preventing sexual and gender-based violence and promoting gender equality in their homes, workplaces, churches and communities.

For more details about the programme visit here.
The project was also recently featured in the Guardian website and you can see it here.

Photo: (c) Chris Boyd/Tearfund

2nd MenEngage Global Symposium

WWSO is excited about engaging in the Global Symposium for Men and Boys which will take place in New Delhi in November 2014.

We hope to be able to have an event within or alongside the conference which will explore the links between faith and masculinity.  For more information see their website here.

WWSO Outcome 4: Transforming Masculinity

The coalition has 5 key outcome that seek to contribute towards the vision (more details here). Our 'Transforming masculinity' working group works towards our fourth outcome: 

The church proactively engages men and boys in ending sexual violence, and demonstrates models for positive masculinities and femininities, and transformed gender relationships.

The working group includes the Anglican Communion, CAFOD, IMA World Health, Tearfund and WCRC and Restored. It is focused on developing principles, networks, training and resources to be used by groups around the world to promote positive masculinities. 


A selection of resources on this issue can be found on our resources hub.

We particularly recommend the WCC and WCRC resource: “Created in God's Image: From Hegemony to Partnership” which is a church manual promoting positive masculinities. You can find more details here

For further resources we also recommend the following organisation/coalition websites:
Promundo:  Visit their publication library here.
Sonke Gender Justice: Visit their resources page here.
MenEngage: Visit their resources hub here.

If you know of any resources that we should link to please email us: 
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