Greg Loughlin, MSV’s Assistant Director, made an appearance on Public Affairs on Peach to discuss the role of communities in ending male violence against women and girls. Watch the interview here.
Lee Giordano, MSV’s Director of Training, made an appearance on HLN to discuss the Brock Turner sexual assault case and the need for more community involvement in changing the destructive belief systems that excuse and justify sexual violence. Watch the interview here.
Ulester Douglas joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on Closer Look on October 26, 2015. Ulester addresses men’s responsibility for involving themselves in the prevention of male violence against women, how Men Stopping Violence measures effectiveness, and interpersonal violence in gay relationships. To listen to Ulester’s segment, click here.
Lee Giordano, Men Stopping Violence’s Director of Training, recently completed a training series in Mauritius and Seychelles. MSV was invited by the United States Embassy of Mauritius and Seychelles to share its approach to engaging men with professionals in the two countries through the United States State Department’s Speakers Program. Lee spent five days in Mauritius and three in Seychelles.
On Monday, August 31, 2015 Lee met with Ambassador Shari Villarosa, the current Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles. In this meeting, the Ambassador shared that the Embassy sees gender based violence as one of the most important issues that they can help address in both Mauritius and Seychelles. Following that conversation and with an added sense of importance, the action packed schedule began.
In five days in Mauritius Lee conducted full and half day training for local Non-Governmental Organizations, police officers, the Ministry of Gender Equality, and the Gender Based Violence Cell of the Municipal Council of Curepipe. Overall, Lee spoke with almost 300 people. Trainings covered a range of topics including Community Based Accountability, Men Stopping Violence’s Core Principles of Engaging Men, Tactics of Abuse and Control, and Interventions with Men Who Batter. The week concluded on a high point with a session of Because We Have Daughters with local fathers and daughters. Priya Beegun, Cultural Affairs Specialist at the Embassy in Mauritius, said that this session was the highlight of the trip so far and people have begun asking for more training on Because We Have Daughters following the session.
Seychelles held a similar schedule for Lee as did Mauritius. Over three days Lee spoke with over 200 people from Non-Governmental Organizations, the police, the military, healthcare workers, therapists, and the Ministry of Education covering similar topics as he did in Mauritius. The trip once again concluded with a moving session of Because We Have Daughters hosted by the National Council for Children and attended by local fathers and daughters. After the BWHD session in Seychelles, Ruby Pardiwalla, Director of the National Council for Children, shared, “As an observer, I found myself getting emotional and teary eyed listening to the fathers say that this is the first time they had taken time to listen to and understand where their daughters were coming from. I have bumped into a couple after the session and they are still talking about it and asking when we are having the next session and to remember to include them”.
Men Stopping Violence is currently pursuing an opportunity to return to Mauritius and Seychelles to conduct a more in-depth Because We Have Daughters training.
MSV to be Featured in Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Nicholas Kristof’s Upcoming Documentary: A Path Appears
Men Stopping Violence (MSV) is excited to announce that we will be featured in a forthcoming three part PBS documentary titled A Path Appears. The series airs January 26, February 2, and February 9, 2015. Men Stopping Violence’s segment will be aired at 10pm on February 9, 2015. According to associate producer Jessica Chermayeff, MSV was selected because they were very impressed with our work.
A Path Appears is a follow-up film to the critically acclaimed and critically discussed Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and will focus on violence against women across the Americas.
During three days of filming, Kristof participated in and observed our Because We Have Daughters program at Open Word Ministries, an MSV-facilitated dialogue about male violence with young men at Destiny Academy, and our Monday night class.
MSV and Kristof also engaged in a dialogue about community accountability. Like most people, Kristof asked how we get individual men to change. Ramesh discussed the importance of thinking beyond “good guys” and “bad guys;” Dick and Sulaiman reframed the question to focus on community responsibility for challenging misogynist culture and Ulester set up the big picture. We encouraged Kristof to label policy decisions that harm women as male violence in the same way he would report on an individual man’s abusive behavior.
The following day, he expressed to Sulaiman his appreciation for the conversation. “It seemed as if it really helped him think about accountability in a different way. That was something he had not given a lot of consideration to, and he was clear about needing to pay more attention to it,” said Sulaiman.
Kristof cited our work in his recent New York Times column
Board member Dona Yarbrough wrote a guest column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled Combat Disturbing Masculinity. In it she effectively describes how MSV takes on the task of transforming a culture where “women aren’t valued as fully equal and autonomous human beings.”You can read it here.
CNN recently wrote a story exploring domestic violence from the persepective of an abusive man and the woman he abused. They interviewed a man who completed the Men Stopping Violence Men at Work 24-week class for the story. You can read the piece here.
The AJC’s Sheila M. Poole featured Men Stopping Violence in an article about creating accountability for ending male violence against women and girls in an article entitled “Focusing on Men as a Way to End Domestic Violence”. Read the article here.
Ulester Douglas, MSV’s Executive Director, speaks with CNN about engaging men to end domestic violence.
Ulester Douglas made an appearance on CNN to discuss the NFL’s response to domestic violence and engaging men to end domestic violence. You can watch the clip here.
MSV Board Member Richelle Carey continues the conversation about community accountability for ending domestic violence. You can listen here. She encourages ESPN to take an active approach to addressing violence against women in the same way they have taken on addressing racism. And for all of us to have better conversations and approaches toward accountability.