The Month of Movember
Men growing beards and moustaches for Movember is an established tradition and now further events are coming into being. November 2 was “Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse Day” in England. The event had over 60 partners and supporters which shows that public support for our work runs deep and wide! See: https://mankind.org.uk/news-and-campaigns/male-victims-day/ for the impressive listing of groups which includes several county and borough councils and five Police and Crime Commissioners. It was organised by the Mankind Initiative in the UK.
We just need to tap into it
It follows on a growing number of days in the calendar dedicated to male victims of violence of one kind or another: September 9 is Falsely Accused Day which also came from the UK, and now November 17 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men, IDEVAM, which was first proposed in 2022 by DAVIA and was observed in many countries last year. It is all part of the movement to break the silence surrounding male victims and ensure that the state takes note of the many ways in which concerns of men were previously ignored and no resources allocated to alleviate these.
Soros Financial Backing for UN Women
It is not only the state which has been found wanting. Many international and supra- national bodies have been equally or more at fault here such as the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe and others. Neither the UN nor the WHO keep data on male victims of domestic abuse though both are enormously vociferous on female victims. The umbrella body UN Women, which serves the endless number of sub-organisations concerned with issues affecting women within the UN, received $1.2 billion in 2021-22, yet there are no bodies concerned with male issues. Incidentally on its website, UN Women lists several major partners. One of these partners is the Open Society Foundation, which was founded by billionaire George Soros. The Foundation has also supported Gender Studies programmes in various institutions and other “progressive” causes, all of which indicates a clear ideological pattern.
DAVIA Makes Strides
A couple of months ago DAVIA set up a new page to highlight the need for Ministers for Men and Men’s Commissions around the world: https://endtodv.org/camp/council-on-men-and-boys/
Now, a petition has been set up to establish a Federal Minister for Men in Australia:
There is also from Jan James a call to get the word out about the petition to establish a Minister for Men in the UK: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/647586
A call for a Minister for Men has been made in the Westminster Parliament by several MPs including Nick Fletcher who is a member of the APPG for men and boys.
Progress on the media front from DAVIA:
- John Davis (Gender Studies for Men) did a television program with a law firm in Toronto on Domestic Violence and false accusations. Here is the YouTube link:
- After 4 days, DAVIA’s Facebook advertisement for IDEVAM continues to go off the charts, with 6,600 engagements and 1,600 comments to date: https://www.facebook.com/SaveForVictimsAndSurvivors We plan to continue running this effective ad through November.
The Domestic Abuse and Violence International Alliance will be sponsoring the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men on Friday, November 17. The observance will feature an international press conference, social media activities, and events held in countries around the world.
For more information, visit: https://endtodv.org/coalitions/davia/campaigns/idevam/
UniSAFE: Yet Another Report on DV
DAVIA reports a great response to its press release of Oct 30 “Men Victimized by Domestic Violence 33% More Often Than Women, Says 15-Country Study,” from DAVIA member, Bill Corbitt with the Foundation for Parental Rights for Veteran Fathers.
Also, there is a great graphic from Bill – which heads this page.
A new report from UniSAFE reveals that European men are far more likely to be victims of physical domestic violence than women.
UniSAFE – Gender-based violence and institutional responses: Building a knowledge base and operational tools to make universities and research organisations safe.
From January to May 2022, staff and students from 46 research organisations and universities in Europe participated in the UniSAFE survey addressing gender-based violence in academia. It is the largest survey conducted so far in the European Research Area, with over 42,000 responses.
The survey was led by GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, with close collaboration of Oxford Brookes university and Örebro university in the context of Project UniSAFE, a research collaboration between nine European partners