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Nov 24, 2011

Caribbean Male Action Network calling out men

Arthur Usher

And while activities regarding gender-based violence usually focus on women, there’s another event being held on Sunday that’s just for the men. The Champions for Change and Caribbean Male Action Network (CARIMAN) are calling out men of all ages to a workshop at the YWCA to discuss issues that result in domestic and sexual violence. Arthur Usher, representing both organizations, gave us the details.

Arthur Usher, Champions for Change/CARIMAN

“It’s mainly a male sensitization session on our role in terms of gender based violence. It will be facilitated by Mr. Thomas Holmes. He is the president of CARIMAN in Dominica. This activity, as I said it’s male, so it’s only guys this Sunday dealing with our issues; dealing with different issues other than just gender based violence, also encompassing the make issues on a whole within Belize. So that’s basically it, this Sunday YWCA.”

Delahnie Bain

“So what are you hoping will be the effect of this workshop?”

Arthur Usher

“We hope to at least get men talking on these issues. It’s not a one fix kind of situation where you come to a session and “oh I’m magically fixed”. It’s basically guys talking about these issues and honestly dealing with some of the causes and effects and some of the societal issues that lead to gender based violence and other male oriented issues. So hopefully, Sunday it’s mainly information sharing as well as learning from each other and learning from the facilitator.”

Delahnie Bain

“Is there a specific age group of specific group of men that you’re reaching out to?”

Arthur Usher

“I would say from teenaged to a hundred you know. It’s mainly—we can learn from all men but for the most part when we have these things we say men and you think eighteen and above. But we try to encompass and include the younger people as well because they’re coming up, they’re watching us as role models and if they’re a part of these things then they can learn from us as well so. And their opinions count.”

The workshop runs from nine a.m. to three o’clock in the afternoon.

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1 Response for “Caribbean Male Action Network calling out men”

  1. Charlie Price says:

    This is LONG OVER DUE…….

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