A CALL TO MEN educates communities all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents gender-based violence, sexual assault and harassment, bullying, and many other social ills. Men doing this work are making a positive contribution to their families, their communities and humanity at large.
A CALL TO MEN conducts institutes at the international, national and community level. They are designed to give intimate and in-depth education on healthy, respectful manhood. Research by the World Health Organization shows that men and boys who adhere to rigid, traditional notions of gender roles and masculinity are more likely to report having used violence against a partner. In 2019, the American Psychological Association released first-ever guidelines for addressing toxic masculinity. The guidelines were based on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.
The Institutes explore the history of movement building in the United States, male socialization and its intersection with violence against women, the intersections of oppression, the politics of accountability, trafficking and demand, and community organizing. Attendance is restricted to facilitate deeper discussion.
“The only word I can use to describe the experience of these last two days at the A CALL TO MEN Institute is ‘transformative,’” said Nora Reissig, director, Family Services Department, New York Housing Authority. “For real change to happen, we must first start within ourselves. The group exercises and discussions enabled me to challenge my own beliefs in order to become more effective in working with communities of color to end all forms of violence against women. I am grateful for the opportunity to come together in an open and honest forum with others to challenge social norms that continue to oppress women and provide a privileged status to some while marginalizing many."