Men say no to violence

Andrea Gittens brings up some points with this man who paused on seeing the display.

As the 16 Days of Activism comes to a close, advocates against domestic violence are saying the message is getting across to the men.

In the last week a number of activities have been held to promote the 16 days which are being strongly supported by the Business and Professional Women’s Group, which has joined with several advocates to push the messages against violence.

On Friday, the group took the Clothesline Project and the White Ribbon Campaign to the National Insurance Building on Culloden Road and got a number of men talking about violence and even pledging to stop violence they see being perpetrated against women and vowing not to become abusers themselves.

Also within the week, the advocates visited a number of schools to discuss the White Ribbon Campaign and also talk about teen dating violence.

Additionally, last weekend was intended to be the inauguration of the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, where men literally dress in the shoes of women and walk a mile, symbolic of their support to end violence against women. The event was however postponed until this Saturday, to begin at 4 p.m. from the General Post Office, Cheapside.

President of BPW, Marrianne Burnham commented recently that some men still looked at the Clothesline project as negatively reflecting on them, but it actually served as therapy for the women who had suffered attacks.

“This is a domestic abuse project that was brought here from the United States and we do a lot of awareness with this,” she noted.

Each of the displays mounted thus far have carried the Clothesline Project as an element of education and building awareness. (LB)

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