10 things men can do to end sexism
NOVEMBER 25 commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and also marked the beginning of the 16 days of activism for the elimination of gender violence campaign.
Woman Inc is a charitable organisation committed to protecting and supporting victims of gender-based discrimination and violence. It seeks to provide exposure and garner support for issues such as women's rights, human rights and social justice through the publication of articles related to the 16-day campaign.
Violence against women is traumatic to the body, mind, and spirit and can prevent women from being fully active participants at home and in the world.
Here is a piece on what men can do to end sexism and gender-based violence.
1. Read articles, essays, books about gender inequality, and the root causes of violence.
2. Understand how your attitudes and actions perpetuate sexism and violence, and work towards changing them.
Examples of sexist/behaviour:
*Taunting or whistling at women, following women around, stalking
* Pressuring a woman to have sex, and forcing sexual acts (includes rape)
* Verbally assaulting women by name calling, mocking, ridiculing, criticising, accusing, etc.
* Intimidating, driving recklessly, blocking doorways.
3. Confront sexist, racist, homophobic, and all other bigoted jokes.
4. Recognise homophobia and speak out against gay bashing. Discrimination against lesbians, gays and transgender persons is a key way in which we are confined in restrictive gender roles.
5. Don't fund sexism. Don't purchase magazines, rent videos, or buy music that portray women in a sexually degrading or violent manner.
6. Support candidates for office who are committed to the full social, economic and political equality of women. Actively oppose those who are not.
7. Support and fight for funding for shelters and crisis centres. Volunteer where men are needed — public schools, outreach centres, etc.
8. Support courses or curricula in schools which mandate programmes dealing with issues of sexism and violence.
9. Organise and join a group of men in school, at the workplace, church, or among friends, to work against sexism and violence
10. Support women who struggle to overcome oppression in all forms, including discrimination and stigma.