Why should men go onto the Dragonfly Workshop? I know I’m not abusive to anyone, it doesn’t affect me or anyone. So why should I go?
Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 Women and 1 in 6 Men will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime. Even if you are not aware, you probably know someone who is right now. It could be a friend, a colleague or someone at the gym. Anyone can be a victim. And anyone can be a perpetrator of abuse.
Domestic violence and abuse do not discriminate against race, gender or any other characteristic. And the numbers are up from before COVID.
Domestic abuse, like any other crime, has been around a long time. However, unlike other crimes, it’s often hidden. It can go one for many years with the victim getting little or no support. We might hear of high-profile cases in the media. Or cases that end in death. But there are many more thousands of victims who are subject to daily, systematic abuse which no one hears about.
Why should men attend a workshop around domestic abuse awareness?
Dragonfly Workshops are free workshops around domestic abuse. You will learn what domestic abuse is and how it impacts victims. You’ll also learn about what resources are available and how you can help.
Once you have completed the workshop you will be a Dragonfly Champion, someone who can help signpost to specialist services and allow victims to access support.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It runs until 10 December which is Human Rights Day.
It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. It’s used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
On 25 November we will be hosting a bespoke Dragonfly workshop for men. We will be supporting the 16 days and encouraging all men to stand up and speak out against violence against women and girls. It’s not acceptable and you and I have the power to stop it!