DETAILS: This slide should be up as people are entering the room for the workshop. We ask that, if at all possible, you record (audio, video, notes) the workshop to send in to us for use in developing “10 Ways to Be a Man.” Each participant will need to sign a disclaimer if you are recording the workshop. (You can find a printable version on V-Spot) Some of these slides will steer the workshop, while others will simply provide the backdrop for the questions & breakout groups that will happen throughout the day. Let the workshop flow organically. This PowerPoint should be used as a guide to lead the conversation. TALKING NOTES: * Welcome & thank participants for being a part of the workshop.
TALKING NOTES: Among the men that have loved and supported V-Day over the years there are policemen, basketball players, mayors, attorney generals, college students & professors and many more!! Though men have always played a supporting role in the V-Day movement, it was not until 2008 that we really began stepping up to the plate in the movement to end violence against women and girls.
TALKING NOTES: Dr. Denis Mukwege is the figurative godfather of the V-Men Campaign. He is an heroic Congolese gynaecologist and surgeon who labours tirelessly at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been brutally raped. Dr. Mukwege is among the world's leading experts on how to repair the internal physical damage, called fistula, sometimes caused by exceptionally viscous rapes and gang rapes. He has treated some 21,000 women during the Congo's 12-year war, some of them more than once, performing up to 10 surgeries a day.
DETAILS: This will be where you begin to guide the course of the workshop from here out. TALKING NOTES: How many among us have known a woman who has been abused in some way, be it emotionally, physically, economically or spiritually? Violence against women, indeed violence in general, is so much a part of our male-dominated world that we hardly see that it is there. Only when it hits us close to home do we tend to pay serious attention. We find ourselves appalled – but paralyzed. What kind of man could do that to a woman, we ask? However this is generally where the questions stop. This is a critical point. In our moment of judgment, we tend to draw a line in our minds between “us” and “them,” “good men” and “bad men.” Not only is this line an illusion, but it enables us to distance ourselves from the problem. This is the problem of “bad men”, we think, stepping back – not “us,” “ them” – and though we may mean no harm in thinking this, we do great harm to our integrity as men by not being our brothers’ keepers. This is how men help to make violence against women a woman’s issue – which it is not . It is a human issue. “ All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing,” said Edmund Burke, the British philosopher. As 21 st century men, we’re being called upon to embody a new type of upgraded manhood – kinder, smarter, easier to work with. As men, we ourselves are tired of male violence toward one another; we’re sick of dog eat dog aggression and abusing ourselves in the quest for manhood. We’re ready to end the charade of dominance and evolve as a species beyond this madness. But to do this, we must look within. STATISTICAL SOURCES: 1. ( http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/vaw/facts_figures.php : General Assembly. In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women: Report of the Secretary General, 2006. A/61/122/Add.1. 6 July 2006.) 2. ( http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/topics/crime/rape-sexual-violence/victims-perpetrators.htm : Kilpatrick, Resnick, Ruggiero, Conoscenti, and McCauley, 2007. Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study. Final report submitted to the National Institute of Justice, May 2007, NCJ 219181.) 3. (National Council On Crime & Delinquency Focus, http://www.nccdcrc.org/nccd/search.asp?zoom_query=dating+violence&zoom_and=0&zoom_per_page=10 : 2008 Focus Teen Dating Violence) 4. (Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System, 1993 – www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/171666.pdf-1998 version) 5. ( http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/vaw/facts_figures.php?page=5 : UNESCO Trafficking Statistics Project. 2004. http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Trafficking/project/Graph_Worldwide_Sept_2004.pdf ) 6. ( http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/vaw/facts_figures.php?page=4 : Referred to by General Assembly. In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women: Report of the Secretary-General, 2006. A/61/122/Add.1. 6 July 2006. 39.) 7. ( http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/vaw/facts_figures.php : Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 2002, Recommendation 1582 (2002) on Domestic Violence against Women.) 8. ( http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/reporting-rates : U.S. Department of Justice.2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005.) 9. ( http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-offenders : U.S. Department of Justice. 2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005.) Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the age of 15 and 44. Fewer than half of all rapes are reported to police. Approximately 2/3 of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim.
DETAILS: Have the group form into a circle. Go around the group to allow everyone to share what brought them to the workshop. This will be wide open to interpretation. Some may simply say who invited them or where they work. Others may share experiences of violence in their lives (Girlfriend that has been sexually assaulted, raped, incested.Mother, sister, friend that has been beaten, and so on). TALKING NOTES: How, if at all, has violence against women directly affected us?
TALKING NOTES: The challenge before us is to determine “10 Ways to be a Man” with the knowledge of the impact these ways have on women and how we may shape a different future for our own mothers, sisters, wives & daughters . But before we can begin to identify WAYS to be a man, we must ask ourselves “What does it mean to BE a man?” What assumptions do we accept about masculinity that may be false or obsolete? How are we trained to see ourselves – as opposed to who we really are? How are we educated to see women in relation to men, in ways that may be harmful to us both? Until we understand our male wiring, both biological and cultural, we will not be able to end this violence, in ourselves or in the world. Many of us are sick and tired of the male stereotypes we inherit.
DETAILS: After reviewing & defining the 7 P’s, open the room to a natural dialogue on the issues raised by these theories. TALKING NOTES: 1. Patriarchal Power: Male-dominated societies are not only based on a hierarchy of men over women, but some are based on a hierarchy of men over other men. Violence or the threat of violence among men is a mechanism used from childhood to establish a pecking order. One result of this is that men &quot;internalize&quot; violence - or perhaps, the demands of patriarchal society encourage biological instincts that otherwise might be more relatively dormant or benign. The result is not only that boys and men learn to selectively use violence, but also redirect a range of emotions into rage, which sometimes takes the form of self-directed violence (EG: substance abuse) 2. The Sense of Entitlement to Privilege: Violence is often the logical outcome of a sense of entitlement to certain privileges. If a man beats his wife for not having dinner on the table on time, it is not only to make sure that it doesn't happen again, it is an indication of his sense of entitlement to be waited on. Or, say a man sexually assaults a woman on a date, it is about his sense of entitlement to his physical pleasure even if that pleasure is entirely one sided. 3. Permission: Whatever the complex social and psychological causes of men's violence, it wouldn't continue if there weren't explicit or tacit permission in social customs, legal codes, law enforcement, and certain religious teachings. (EG: Countries where laws against wife assault or sexual assault are lax or non-existent or violence in sports & cinema are glamorized and rewarded.) 4. The Paradox of Men's Power: If power is constructed as a capacity to dominate and control, if the capacity to act in &quot;powerful&quot; ways requires the construction of a personal suit of armor and a fearful distance from others, if the very world of power and privilege removes us from the world of child-rearing and nurturance, then we are creating men whose own experience of power is fraught with crippling problems. The personal insecurities conferred by a failure (or threat of failure) to make the masculine grade is enough to propel many men, particularly when they are young, into a vortex of fear, isolation, anger, self-punishment, self-hatred, and aggression. 5. The Psychic Armor of Manhood Men's violence is also the result of a character structure that is typically based on emotional distance from others. This distance is formed in early childhood with an absence of a male figure or one that typifies the rejection of “femininity” or the associated qualities of caregiving and nurturance. This creates rigid ego barriers and results in an inability to empathize with others. This resulting lack of empathy allows men to cause pain or violence to another person without understanding what they have done or how it is impacting others. 6. Masculinity as a Psychic Pressure Cooker: It is typical for boys to learn from an early age to repress feelings of fear and pain. Common results of this repression are: fear; hurt; insecurity; pain; rejection, or belittlement. 7. Past experiences: Studies have shown that boys and girls who grow up witnessing violence are far more likely to be violent themselves. Such violence may be a way of getting attention; it may be a coping mechanism, a way of externalizing impossible-to-cope-with feelings. Such patterns of behaviour continue beyond childhood: most men who end up in programs for men who use violence either witnessed abuse against their mother or experienced abuse themselves.
DETAILS: Take a 10 minute break
DETAILS: Divide group into pairs if attendance is small, or into groups of 4-5 if larger. Ask participants to explore the best and worst things learned from their fathers (or primary male role models) about how to be a man. Men should be assured that there will be more time to share these stories with the larger group (at which time they will be recorded). Allow 20 minutes.
DETAILS: Invite the group to talk about how they think about strength, and how this concept affects their approach to masculinity. TALKING NOTES: Is strength a macho, John Wayne type of quality? Is it flexible, cooperative, creative?
What are the qualities of femininity, pros and cons? How do men respond to these qualities in women? How do men respond to these qualities in other men (and within themselves)? What is their comfort level with women? (this pertains as much to gay men) What do they dislike about women (or would change if they could)? What makes them angry? Ten minute break. Group reassembles for recorded session, seated in a circle around tape recorder. The rest of the workshop will happen in this circle, with men telling their stories.
TALKING NOTES: How is testosterone connected to the issue of violence against women? Do men struggle with aggression in the bedroom? Have we, or anyone we've known ever used pressure to make someone have sex with us?
TALKING NOTES: Do we ever feel guilty for being men? Do we ever feel guilty for not intervening if we see another man being violent with a woman? Do we ever feel shame when we think about masculinity? Do we ever resent the dependency of others on us? Do we feel guilty for this resentment, as if we're shirking our masculinity? What aspects of your life as a man are you not proud of?
TALKING NOTES: Have we ever witnessed physical violence against a woman? How have we responded? Have we witnessed abuses of other kinds of violence? How have we responded?
DETAILS: This is a reprise of the opening question, “what brought you here today.” Encourage men to talk about what in their life has brought them to want to actively contribute to ending violence against women. How can men help to end the violence? How can men be re-educated? Ask the group to imagine a world without violence against women- what do they envision it would look like? Do participants believe that violence against women can be ended in our lifetime? If so, how? Or why not?
DETAILS: Thank participants for attending today. And for their contribution to the development of the V-Men Campaign. Encourage them to be an active part of all V-Day events locally. And discuss the group potentially hosting a performance of “10 Ways to be a Man” during V-Season 2011 (February - April). Make sure everyone has signed a waiver for the recording of the workshop.
V men powerpoint
WELCOME TO V-MEN 2010
A MOVEMENT THAT MEETS THE MOMENT V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls.Since 1998, thousands of grassroots activists have staged benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, and other creative vehicles, to raise awareness and funds to end violence against women and girls.
Over the last 11 years V-Day activists have:• Hosted events in 50 U.S. states and 130 countries.• Raised $70 million dollars.• Raised funds for over 11,000 groups workingthroughout the world to end violence againstwomen and girls.
V-Day has three core beliefs :• Art has the power to reach, transform andinspire people to act.• Empowered women are unstoppable leaders.• Lasting social and cultural change is spreadthrough the lived experience of ordinarypeople who do extraordinary things.
Thousands of men havesupported theseefforts & paved the way for V-Men
Years of support from hundreds of incrediblemen has lead to the development of V-Men Dr. Denis Mukwege Director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo
V-Men aims to be Visible, Vocal and Vital in the struggle to create a world in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.V-Men will champion these three messages: • Every man has the power and duty to end violence against girls and women. • Men can help reach boys and other men to promote healthy masculinity. • Women are vital partners, allies and teachers for men in preventing violence against women.
V-Season 2010 is about gathering the input & experiencesof the many V-Men out there for the development of a new script, “10 WAYS TO BE A MAN” which will serve as the V-Men Campaign’s artistic vehicle.
The V-Men campaign will:• Educate the public about the key roles men playin stopping violence against women and girls.• Inspire and support grassroots anti-violence activismby boys and men.• Connect men with opportunities and resourcesto support women and girls.• Promote a positive culture for boys and men, wherewomen and girls are nurtured and protected.
The Statistics• 1 of every 3 women is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime.• 1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault during their college years and approximately 1 in 6 have experienced rape.• Approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in U.S. is a victim of physical, emotionalor verbal abuse from a dating partner.• Boys who witness their fathers’ violence are 10 times more likely to engage inspouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes.• 4 million women & girls are trafficked annually.• In Africa and, in some cases, the Middle East, more than 130 million womenhave undergone Female Genital Mutilation, and 2 million girls a year are at risk. * ALL STATISTICAL SOURCES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE ORGANIZER’S
What does it mean to be a man? The 7 ‘P’s of Male Violence* 4. Paradox 1. Patriarchy 5. Psychic armor 2. Privilege 6. Pressure cooker 3. Permission 7. Past experience* Developed by Michael Kauffman, Canadian psychologist & founder of the White Ribbon Campaign.
What did we learn from our fathers about manhood and masculinity?What is expected of us as men?