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Men’s Leadership Initiative

Working together to end violence against women

Domestic violence, dating abuse, and sexual assault happens in our neighborhoods, our schools, and our communities.

Men play a crucial role in influencing other men and boys to challenge cultural norms and stop behaving in ways that encourage or actively reinforce violence against women and girls.

We are not going to end violence against women and girls unless we engage men and encourage them to step forward as leaders in this critical work.

The statistics are sobering:

  • 1 in 5 teenage girls is abused by a boyfriend
  • 1  in 4 women will experience abuse at the hands of a partner
  • 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college
  • 40 million adult Americans grew up in a home with domestic violence
  • Children of domestic violence are 3 times more likely to repeat the cycle of violence in adulthood

We invite you to join with other men in our community who are taking a stand and adding their voices to the chorus of men who say gender violence must stop now and are ready to do something to help change those statistics.

How you can become a leader

Most men do not engage in gender violence, and these men play a crucial role in influencing their peer groups to stop behaving in ways that encourage, condone, or actively promote violence against women and girls. We invite you to join The Men’s Leadership Initiative with other men in our community who are taking a stand and adding their voice to the chorus of men who say gender violence must stop now.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore offers The Men’s Leadership Training to help men build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to discourage, prevent, or interrupt an incident or potential incident of gender harassment or violence, and creates opportunities for men to mentor young men into healthy masculinity and educate the community on how they can help end gender violence.

We invite you to help change the conversation about gender violence. There are numerous ways to get involved, from one-on-one mentoring to community education. Our 5-week training is the foundation:

Antonio Rice

Violence Prevention Educator

Antonio has worked at YWCA since 2011, focusing on youth awareness and coping strategies. Over that period he has expanded his work to include training and mentoring high school boys to interrupt ideas of masculinity that reinforce gender violence.

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Brian McHugh

Facilitator

Brian has worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence for over fifteen years. He works with YWCA’s Alternatives to Violence, co-facilitating a group for men who have been arrested for domestic violence.

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