Education, Training and Awareness

Addressing Domestic Violence in Canadian Muslim Communities: A Training Manual for Muslim Communities and Ontario Service Providers.
M. Baobaid & G. Hamed. Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) (2010)
This resource provides a framework for strengthening collaboration among Muslims and mainstream service providers. Training objectives include: educating the Muslim community on the Canadian justice system response to DV and on available DV services; and, exposing mainstream/Canadian service providers to culturally sensitive strategies for responding to DV in the Muslim community.

Bell Bajao! Campaign
In 2008, Breakthrough in India launched a cultural and media campaign that calls on men and boys to take a stand against domestic violence.  The campaign was inspired by true stories and shows men and boys stepping up and ringing the bell to interrupt overhead domestic violence.  The tools and messages of the campaign have been adapted by organizations around the world including Canada, China, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Community Resource Guide: What can I do to help the families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls? Chapter 1 (section E) Toolkit: Men as Effective Allies.
Native Women’s Association of Canada (2010)
This toolkit outlines steps for Aboriginal boys and men to learn to stand as allies and support Aboriginal girls and women. The four steps include embracing traditional or spiritual teachings; engage in personal growth and in relationships; get involved as a role model, in peer support, and as a member of a community; and, become an advocate for gender equality and healthy relationships.

Don’t be that guy!
Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (2010)
“Don’t Be That Guy,” was developed by Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (SAVE) and was launched in November 2010. The campaign uses posters to generate conversation and redirect the understanding of where the responsibility lies in cases of drug-facilitated sexual assaults. The overall message is directed to potential offenders and male bystanders.

Engaging Boys and Men in Gender Transformation: The Group Education Manual.
The ACQUIRE Project and Promundo (2008)
This educational manual provides trainers and facilitators with exercises to engage men to explore gender socialization and develop more positive attitudes to prevent unhealthy behaviours that put their families at risk. Topics include: gender and power; sexuality; men and health; substance use; healthy relationships; STI and HIV prevention; living with HIV; fatherhood; violence; and making change, taking action.

Engaging Boys to Stop Violence: A step-by-step guide for initiating social change.
Save the Children Sweden (2010)
This guide outlines the important steps for agencies or communities to take when implementing initiatives to engage men and boys in violence prevention. It describes a seven step process from making a start and implementing the project to engaging stakeholders and mainstreaming policy. Tools for working with boys and other resources are also provided.

Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality and Health. A Global Toolkit for Action.
Promundo, UNFPA & MenEngage (2010)
This toolkit provides conceptual and practical information for program planners, health providers, educators, and advocates, on engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and health. Topics include: sexual and reproductive health; maternal, newborn and child health; fatherhood; HIV and AIDS prevention; care and support; and gender-based violence prevention. The toolkit also provides global best practices from organizations.

Engaging Men as Partners to Reduce Gender Based Violence – A Manual for Community Workers.
This manual, developed by EngenderHealth, helps community workers conduct a training program with boys and young men to reduce gender-based violence.  The manual is organized in a three-day training program with the following topics: Day 1 – introduction; growing up differently; sex and gender; gender roles; notions of masculinity; behaving like men; gender equity and gender equality; Day 2 – understanding violence; power and violence; violence against women; sexual harassment; assault; rape; and Day 3 – domestic violence; the case against domestic violence; impact of domestic violence; men as partners; developing positive attitudes; expressing anger differently; preventing others from committing violence; and supporting women to end violence.

Founding Fathers
Futures Without Violence (2011)
The Founding Fathers campaign was initiated on Father’s Day 2003 by Futures Without Violence. The campaign started with 350 men signing a declaration to join the movement to end violence against women and girls. The names of the men who support the campaign are printed on a full-page ad in the New York Times every Father’s Day. The campaign provides videos of celebrity founding fathers discussing the importance of engaging men in violence prevention.

It Starts With You. It Stays With Him
In 2009, White Ribbon Canada, in partnership with the Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA) launched the bilingual online-based social media campaign, It Starts With You. It Stays With Him (Ça Commence Avec Toi. Ça Reste Avec Lui). The goal of the campaign is to facilitate men’s capacity to engage boys and young men in their lives and communities by promoting gender equality and teaching the skills and benefits of healthy relationships.

Male Athletes Against Violence
MAAV is a public education effort to engage men in preventing violence against women and understanding that gender-based violence should be considered a "man's issue." MAAV provides educational campaign posters and encourages men to sign a pledge to be a positive role model, educate others on issues of violence against women, challenge social norms, and be supportive allies.

Men and Boys Knowledge Module.
A. Guedes. UNIFEM & MenEngage (2012)
This module provides concrete guidance on how to design and implement a program for engaging men and boys in violence prevention. It includes information on what is known, guiding principles for this work, how to plan and design a program, and program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Men as Peacemakers.
Men as Peacemakers was created in response to a number of murders that occurred in Deluth, MN in the 1990’s. Men in the community made a commitment that they needed to be involved in ending violence. Through modeling, mentoring, training, educating, and storytelling, Men as Peacemakers teach boys, men, women, and girls that violence is not acceptable.

MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign
MenCare is a global fatherhood campaign, coordinated by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice Network, that promotes men as equitable, involved and non-violent fathers and caregivers. The campaign is in 16 countries across 5 continents. MenCare provides fatherhood groups, couple’s education, short films of men overcoming violence and combatting gender norms, and tools for communities to initiate their own campaign.

The Men’s Story Project
The Men’s Story Project (MSP) first started in 2008 in San Francisco, CA. It is a public performance and community dialogue project that highlights men’s stories on issues of sexism; racism; heterosexism; ableism and violence in order to encourage dialogue on what it means to be a man. Men in the community use different public mediums (e.g., monologues, music, dance) to share their stories with an audience and encourage follow-up discussion. The MSP website provides documentary films and training guides on how to organize a Men’s Story Project in your own community.

Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging sexual and gender-based violence in institutional settings. Tools, Stories, Lessons.
A. Greig with J. Edström. Institute of Development Studies (2012)
This guidebook brings together stories and lessons learned in engaging men to challenge institutionalized sexism and gender-based violence. Best practices and tools used by partners in India, Kenya, and Uganda are provided. Content includes sections on becoming activists for change, understanding institutional violence, taking action for change, and reading resources.

Muslims for White Ribbion Campaign
The Campaign aims to break the silence around violence against women in the Muslim community, promote healthy relationships through education, and create partnerships among Mosques, women’s organizations and other social agencies in order to create a future without violence against women. The campaign provides samples of Friday Khutbahs (sermons) that can be used to address domestic violence in the Muslim community; resources for women who need support; information/education on domestic violence in the Muslim community; information on upcoming events; and stories of Muslim men signing the pledge to end violence against women.

My Strength
My Strength campaign was originally developed by Men Can Stop Rape in Washington, DC and was adapted by the California Department of Health Services and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. This campaign is aimed at young men with the message that “My Strength is Not for Hurting.” The mission of the campaign is to raise awareness of sexual violence among youth and highlight the role of young men in fostering healthy and safe relationships.

One Man Can: Building the Capacity of Traditional Leaders, Government and Civil Society to Involve Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality.
M. Botha, V. Cornell & D. Peacock. Sonke Gender Justice Network (2009)
This report describes a project in and around Mabesktraal that encouraged community mobilization to change perceptions amongst community members on gender roles and gender relations, reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS, and halt gender-based violence. Training and technical assistance were provided to partner organizations implementing strategies to reduce HIV Infections by increasing men’s understanding of risk within the context of sexual partnerships, and to reduce gender based violence by increasing awareness among men of the need to and the benefits of redefining privileges and rights of men and women.

Sexual Violence and the Spectrum of Prevention: Towards a Community Solution.
R. Davis, L. Fujie Parks, & L. Cohen. Prevention Institute. National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2006)
This publication uses a tool, the Spectrum of Prevention, to provide a framework for a comprehensive prevention approach for sexual violence. The approach is designed for advocates, practitioners, and educators who are or want to be working to prevent sexual violence in their communities.

Supporting Father Involvement Training.
has developed several training initiatives that focus on strengthening families through enhancing father involvement.  Some trainings include incorporating father friendly practices into organizations; building financial stability for families; supporting reentry fathers; organizational development and strengthening in father friendliness; how to include and enhance the inclusion of fathers in agencies; and knowledge and skill building group leader preparation training.

“This is a Man’s Problem”: Strategies for Working with South Asian Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
This 2011 research report uses an intersectionality framework to examine the experiences of 17 frontline practitioners working with South Asian men who have engaged in intimate partner violence.  The report concludes with several recommendations for action including culturally informed and culturally appropriate education, training, and professional development for frontline practitioners working with intimate partner violence in South Asian communities.

Voices of Men
Ben Atherton-Zeman, a “recovering sexist”, created and performs a one-man play that addresses sexual assault and consent, dating violence and domestic violence, and objectification and sexual harassment in a humourous way that minimizes male defensiveness. The goal of the play is to engage men and boys in self-reflection and violence prevention efforts. Ben has performed the play for military members, colleges/universities, conferences, and community/peer theatre.

Walk a mile in her shoes
YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® is an annual fundraising event which raises money to support women and children experiencing family violence. The event asks men to walk a mile in a pair of heels to take a stand against violence.

Warrior-Caregivers: Understanding the Challenges and Healing of the First Nations Men. A Resource Guide.
W.J. Mussell. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation Ottawa (2005)
This guide provides parents and caregivers with strategies to help raise healthy, strong and responsible First Nations boys and youths. It includes a literature review, findings of interviews with key informants, contextual factors contributing current realities, a section on grieving, healing and empowerment, and ways to strengthen community care.

What Will It Take? Ending Abuse of Women & Girls Starts With Us. Building the Safest State for All Women and Girls.
Men’s Initiative Toolkit.
This toolkit outlines why men should be involved and what men can do in ending gender-based violence. It describes five concrete steps on how to engage men and includes a continuum of action, activities, suggestions for men’s involvement, and resources.

Where do you stand?
Men Can Stop Rape
conducted interviews and focus groups with staff and students at college and university campuses in order to develop the “Where do you stand?” bystander intervention campaign to engage and mobilize college men in the prevention of sexual violence. The campaign uses positive messaging and personalization to model and encourage men to do or say something to challenge harmful behaviours and attitudes contributing to sexual violence.

Where Our Boys At? Involving Young Men as Allies to End Violence Against Girls Toolkit.
Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (WYAT) (2011)
This toolkit was informed by a youth lead and adult supported campaign to engage young men in ending violence against girls. It includes introduction and preparation material, curriculum units, lessons learned from the WYAT experience, a reading list, and information on evaluation.

Working with Men & Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Toolkit.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund developed a toolkit that provides practical and training tools needed to work with men and boys to prevent gender-based violence.  You are able to complete the toolkit alone or with a group and at your own pace.  The toolkit contains a 10-lesson work plan: Lesson 1 – Introductory reading: men, masculinities, and violence; Lesson 2 – Discussion: Why work with men and boys; Lesson 3 – Applying a comprehensive approach; Lesson 4 – Examples: Good practices and programs; Lesson 5 – Active roles: What men and boys can do; Lesson 6 – Work with young men; Lesson 7 – Work with schools; Lesson 8 – Cross-cultural solidarity; Lesson 9 – Readings: Build partnerships; and Lesson 10 – Organizational exercise: Build partnerships.

Your Voice Counts
The Verizon Foundation, partnered with James Brown (host of NFL Today), A CALL TO MEN, Joyful Heart Foundation, and NO MORE, to create a campaign that calls on men to speak out against domestic violence. The campaign outlines five ways men can speak up (call 911; be vocal; teach youth; ask women; and get help) and gives tips on how to start the conversation with others (e.g., son, peer, student).