CALLING MEN INTO ALLYSHIP
There comes a time when silence equals complicity. Become an effective ally to women & be a part of the solution
The word ally comes from the from Latin alligare which means to "bind to". An ally is someone who shows up for those whose voices are marginalized, dismissed and/or drowned out. They bind themselves to the vision and values of the other. They quiet their own voice in order to listen deeply with open mind and heart, and they amplify the other's voice. They allow the space to have their assumptions challenged without defending or attacking, with the intention to learn and grow. They take the time to recognize and understand their own unconscious bias, their own shadow, and in this way ensure that they do not project it onto another. We've shared ideas and resources below to help you become an effective ally for women and be a part of the solution.
We need more men with the guts, with the courage, with the strength, with the moral integrity to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them.
Gift the Weekend to a woman
Enable a woman you know to deepen her power & wisdom by gifting her the Woman Within Weekend or one of our other programs. By sponsoring a woman, you will be empowering her to connect, learn and make change with other like-minded women. Click on the link below and enter in the amount you'd like to contribute towards sponsorship, indicating whether this is for a particular woman or if it can go into the general scholarship fund.
Do your inner work
Boys / men are often taught to suppress emotions (particularly those that indicate distress) and be strong all the time. One consequence of this messaging is that men come to view the feminine within themselves as weak and something to be avoided or controlled. The pain this can cause themselves and others is profound. We encourage men to explore ways to nurture their emotional well-being, and invite you to check out The Mankind Project.
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Make a donation
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Deepen your understanding
Knowledge is power. We've shared a selection of books to read, documentaries to watch and podcasts to enjoy. Explore the resources and then share what you learn with your networks. Invite others into the conversation and keep momentum going.
Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie