Ten Things Men Can Do To Prevent Violence Against Women

1. Approach Gender Violence As A Men's Issue – Think of violence against women as a MEN’S issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. View men not only as perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.

2. Don’t Remain Silent – if a brother, friend, classmate, co-worker is abusive to a woman or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general — don’t look the other way. Try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help. Or if you don’t know what to do, reach out to us.

3. Have Courage – to look inward. Question your own attitudes. Don’t be defensive when something you do or say ends up hurting someone else. Try hard to understand how your own attitudes and actions might inadvertently perpetuate sexism and violence.

4. Offer Support – If you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted.

5. Stop & Get Help Now – If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past, stop and seek professional help now. You can also reach out to us so that we can connect you with professionals.

6. Support Women’s Support Services – Join us in our work to end all forms of all forms of violence against women. Attend our events, rallies and other public events. Raise money for us so that we can continue our prevention and intervention work.

7. Educate Yourself – Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of violence against women. Educate yourself and others about how larger social forces affect the conflicts between individual men and women.

8. Don't Follow Social Norms and Traditions That Affect Women - Don't just follow the crowed, question things and do what is right.

9. Stop Buying Sexism and Misogyny– Refuse to support artist and public figures who are sexist. Refuse to purchase any music, magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any Web site that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner.

10. Take Leadership – Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Volunteer to work with organizations like #MeTooEthiopia, Setaweet and The Yellow Movement.

Edited by #MeTooEthiopia Team

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