Guest post by Kerry Crawford
‘Gender’ is not a synonym for ‘women’. Gender violence is not a ‘women’s issue’.
The efforts of pioneering and courageous women brought gender-based violence and sexual violence out of the shadows, challenged society to think about bodily integrity, and established that women’s rights are human rights. In the fight against gender violence we owe so much to women’s leadership, but men should not excuse themselves (and women should not excuse men) from the conversation on gender violence.
It is time to foster an inconclusive dialogue examining the roots of gender violence. It is time to find effective ways to prevent gender violence and men and women can make equally valuable contributions to this effort.
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., Founder and Director of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Strategies gave a TED talk on gender violence prevention that has recently generated a lot of interest on social media. You can (and should!) watch it here.
He urges us to ask different questions about gender violence. We need to stop engaging in victim blaming and focus the conversation on perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual violence, and the spectrum of abuses encompassed by gender violence. Men and women alike need to stand up and speak out against gender violence.
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