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16 Days, 16 ways fathers can act against Gender-Based Violence

During 16 Days of Activism, MenCare shares 16 ways fathers can act against gender-based violence.

From November 25 to December 10, thousands of organizations around the world participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. MenCare joined these voices in advocating and acting against gender-based violence (GBV).

The 16 Days Campaign aims to raise awareness, strengthen local and national programs, and advocate for government policies to eliminate all forms of violence against women. The theme of the 2015 Campaign was “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”

- Let’s shift the intergenerational cycle of violence to an intergenerational cycle of caregiving.

- Mobilizing fathers and caregivers plays an important role in promoting nonviolence in the family and the positive well-being of women, girls, and all family members.

- Involving men in committed, responsible, and empathetic fatherhood greatly reduces violence against children and women.

- Together we can help both men and women stand up for their rights and support them to become the best version of themselves for tomorrow.

- Fathers can play an important role in teaching equality and respect to their children, breaking cycles of violence

- As one of our messages says: “A real man has a strong hand” – the strength of support and care, to create and not to destroy, and to prepare his kids to become involved and nonviolent future partners and parents.

- "I learned from my childhood and decided not to accept any violence in my family."

- We need more SUPER DADS: fathers who are active in their children’s lives, responsible, caring, nonviolent, and affectionate. As such, they play a pivotal role for the next generation of super heroes: young people who will become the heroes of their own lives and heroes of their communities.

- Fatherhood is a sacred opportunity and responsibility to answer the question: How will I promote global peace and equality through my role as a father?

- Promoting a culture where men and boys are able to play the role of caring and nonviolent caregivers is the key to prevent all forms of violence globally.

- "A caring man does not commit any violence.”

- Engaging men as fathers to promote quality parenting strengthens the foundation for the reduction of domestic violence.

- What men do as fathers and caregivers every day can either create cycles of violence or interrupt those cycles

- To achieve family well-being, we should be free from violence.

- Gender-based violence destroys the peacefulness of families, and psychologically affects both women and children. Engaging men to prevent violence can help to restore those relationships for a better future.

- Gender-based violence (GBV) is traumatizing, and addressing it is a matter of uprooting its causes and all other related issues, especially men’s attitudes toward GBV.

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