Event Timeline

Date: June 22, 2016
Time: 13:00 to 16:00
Place: The Bond Company - 180-182 Fazeley Street Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE


A half-day conference on promoting Healthy & Respectful Ways of Being a Man leading to positive social change for all.
Together, educators and youth workers have an enormous potential to support the positive, healthy and respectful development of boys and young men, but are we realising this potential? How seriously do Schools, Colleges, Universities or other Youth settings take gender equality? What does gender equality and a healthy and respectful masculinity look like to a 5 year old? A 13 year old? a 19 year old? What’s it like to be a girl at your institution? What kind of ‘box’ do we expect boys to fit into? Would phrases like ‘Man Up’, ‘Don’t run like a girl’, ‘Boys don’t cry’ go unchallenged where you work? Are they part of a spectrum that leads to serious negative outcomes for girls and women – and young men themselves?

The fact is that most domestic and sexual violence is committed by men, even though most men are not violent. We believe this is not biological or pre-ordained, it’s social and cultural. So why do we allow it? Do we unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes/boundaries in formative years that make violence and coercive control more likely later on? If we do, then the good news is that we can change the narrative.
This groundbreaking half-day conference will be a unique and unforgettable conversation-starter – for people working in all forms of education settings – around supporting the development of a positive and healthy ways of being a man. We want to inspire and empower people to talk to boys and young men about what it means to be a man and how some narratives around masculinity lead to harm for women and girls and – ultimately – for boys and men, too.
We want to link people, to highlight common ground between all educators and suggest ways of collaboration to effect social change through a range of progressive interventions in the lives of boys and young men.
The event will start with a welcome and mutual introductions.
We will then briefly showcase the work of agencies and schools who have been delivering the nationally-innovative ‘Coaching Healthy & Respectful Masculinity’ programme , devised by A CALL TO MEN UK.

Assuming an optimum uptake the remainder of the event will provide a unique opportunity for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary practitioners – as well as a host of other settings where work is undertaken with boys and young men – to discuss the role each plays in supporting the development of young men. In the process of airing these perspectives we hope to establish commonality of purpose, responsibility and, ultimately, of opportunity.
PRIMARY: Positive Early Messages about Masculinity
SECONDARY AND OTHER (e.g. Youth Service Settings) 11-19YRS: Delivering ‘Coaching Healthy & Respectful Masculinity’ and other initiatives.
TERTIARY/UNIVERSITY: So-called ‘Lad Culture’ in Uni’s (and its links to Primary and Secondary) and what can be done about it by looking at that context but also by looking ‘upstream’ to earlier phases.
LA/EARLY HELP/ SCHOOL CONSORTIA: Creating the consciousness and infrastructure for effecting social change through targeted collaboration
YOUR ideas and suggestions will add the extra magic and will take this dialogue much further. Don’t be shy!