New Safe Music Report
White Ribbon has produced a new report, launched at the BoomTown festival on 12th August, packed with practical tips for festivals and venues to keep women safe, and encourage men to be part of the solution. The report will help festivals and venues develop a robust action plan, and includes advice for men on how they can intervene safely if they witness assaults, harassment or threats against women and girls. The full report and a summary are available here. Contact the Campaign for more detailed advice, and information about training we offer to festival and venue staff and volunteers.
David Bartlett has recently contributed to a documentary critiquing traditional masculinity. The documentary, called Men Cry, looks at the themes of gender, equal rites, sexism, power, mental health, sadness and the future. It also has interviews with nueroscientists, men's health campaigners, feminists and pro-feminist activists.
The documentary hopes to open up a dialogue and give men, and women, the space to examine traditional concepts of masculinity and how they are contributing to damaging today's society. It has been made by Jose Maria Martinelli, a Latin American video maker who has made more than 70 documentaries, experimental art videos and short films.
Men Cry is being shown at The Water Poet, 9 - 11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX on Friday 15th July from 6.30pm to 11pm.
Most men are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something which doesn't have anything to do with us. We need to join women and women's organisations in taking action to end the problem.
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Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.