Preventing and eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is essential to achieve the government vision of a strong and flourishing Scotland. The government strategy to eradicate VAWAG encourages prevention efforts and raising awareness of both women and men, and encourages men to challenge other men. Traditionally, efforts have been concentrated on providing support services and awareness raising for women, because they are the traditional victims. However, prevention activities should target both genders.
Though participants in this activity are men, the real beneficiaries are women, and the entire the family.
The aim of this activity is to strengthen our targeted group in Glasgow and change their attitude towards VAWAG. We want to mobilise resourceful men with positive attitudes toward gender equality to use their qualifications and support improvement of other men’s attitudes towards gender equality, and hence reduce the propensity of VAWAG, particularly domestic violence.
First, a pilot project was conducted, where two workshops- one for each gender, were carried out. Both genders strongly recommended running this workshops for the rest of the community. Currently, we are running the project for both genders with fund awarded from Big Lottery. The pilot project was funded by Community Safety Glasgow.