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African Youth News: 26 November 2014
Over the next 16 Days the world will turn its attention to the causes and ramifications of gender-based violence… and our global community will, for a little while at least, try to ensure that violence against women and children is addressed and prevented through policy, service provision and awareness raising. Feminists will speak of equal rights, child activists will talk of the cycle of violence created by domestic violence and stories from rape and abuse survivors will fill the airways. What you don’t hear very much of though, are stories of change, from men themselves. This is a time when those stories are crucial to the real change we are trying to create, not only amongst youth but for everyone. Through our S2C: Transformative Masculinity programme, we work daily to fill the space left through the absence of men’s voices. This week we share stories of change from men who have been through the transformative masculinity programme and have taken their transformation to the communities. This year, as you celebrate 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, look for stories of change from men and share them with us. We need to contribute to this issue, not by vilifying abusers, but instead showing them who they can be without violence.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
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The Man Inside: My story of change
What is Change? Change can be defined as the process which makes someone different to how they previously were. It is a process that takes place over time and requires a willingness to participate.
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