December 10, 2008
Connecting Advocates of Family Violence Prevention and Positive Masculinity
Co-hosted by Men's Resources International and the Engaging Men Practicum Group
To increase the involvement of men as allies with women in preventing family violence, and as positive role models for children.
To assemble a group of Springfield-based professionals and volunteers directly involved with family violence prevention and/or positive masculinity as it relates to healthy relationships and families.
To identify common values and share areas of experience and expertise with each other.
To identify potential opportunities for collaboration and collective action.
To discuss visions for a Springfield-based network for engaging men and boys as allies with women in violence prevention and healthy families.
Over 30 people attended the event representing a rich diversity of organizations, experience and expertise. All shared a commitment to working with Springfield men, women and youth to create healthier relationships, families and communities. The discussion was animated and exciting, with participants expressing enthusiasm and optimism about the possibility for collective action. Several ideas for next steps were proposed and communication and planning among group members is ongoing.
Posted by Daniel at December 10, 2008 05:02 PM