Welcome to allyhood – Where to next?

When we start questioning…what it means to be a man, a human being…we see that violence is not inherent to men, it is learnt.”

– Anthony Keedi, Masculinities Technical Adviser for the ABAAD Resource Centre for Gender Equality in Lebanon  United Nations Office Of The High Commission

It is day 16, you have made it to the end of the 16 days campaign. What has been the most surprising thing you have read or watched? What content have you shared or found yourself thinking about? Are you ready to step up to Allyhood?

Allyhood is not about being a perfect human. It’s about beginning the journey. Learning along the way.

Engaging in action wherever you can to end injustice. Injustice for women and girls, but also for all children including little boys who shouldn’t be put into boxes just to ‘become a man’.

Here are some things that might inspire your next steps…

Next steps in your allyship journey

  1. For men, reflect on the type of man you want to be, not what you feel pressured to be. Share those thoughts and feelings with another person you know and trust.

Check out this movement from the UK:

  1. Make an effort to listen to women more and ask for their opinion even if you know the answer. Practicing this small communication skill has the potential to create real change across all your relationships.
  1. Have you watched the Tips for Allyhood video shared on Day 1? You might like to rewatch the video to see if anything new stands out for you after participating in the 16 Days of Allyship campaign. You might also be interested in these other video clips of men reflecting on their personal journeys of being an ally.
  1. Check out what programs and projects exist in your area and community.

Contact your local council or community organisation. Here are some examples

For faith community representatives:

To join the Building Equality and Respect Project team please contact Nuredin Hassan Nuredin.hassan@ipchealth.com.au. This project aims to promote gender equity and challenge gender stereotypes in faith communities in the Western Region.

For residents of City of Melton:

If you are interested in doing more work to become an ally, please email socialplanningprojects@melton.vic.gov.au.

For Victoria Uni student and staff

If you are interested in getting more involved in the work to prevent gender-based violence, get in touch with VU’s  Respect and Responsibility program, email respect.responsibility@vu.edu.au.

For all residents in the West:

For holistic health programs that include gender equity and the opportunity to meet other local people doing something about their health, sign up for Sons and Daughters of the West.

There are all sorts of ways you can take conscious action, in as many ways as possible, small and large, to support fairer treatment of women and create equality for everyone.