Men are the greatest source of violence against women. This statement should be alarming to every man that cares about creating a world where our wives, mothers, sisters, aunts and friends live peacefully. This issue can seem overwhelming when we want to contribute to a positive solution. We outline a few steps that you can take to make a difference.
Stand up for Gender Equity
Gender justice and ending violence against women can work together. And systems of oppression can benefit them unknowingly. Rally to ensure that women receive equality in pay, legal justice, housing, promotions and representation. Women need the support we offer to increase the impact. By becoming an ally, men present a united front that leads to a more inclusive society.
Focus on Prevention
“ An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. “ Violence can be stopped before an action occurs. Help men understand the impact that their actions have on the women in their lives. Impress upon them how their male children can mimic the same behavior in school leading to progressive discipline. By empowering men through education, you offer strategies that can be practiced when confronted with challenging situations. Sigma Lambda Xi has found that our motivational posts to end violence are often the only messages our male listeners interact with. Joining this effort multiplies the effect we have collectively.
Men are always being watched by our family, friends and community. You may not view yourself as a leader but you are. Practicing non-violence when faced with the challenge to act in a negative manner. Making a commitment to peace will influence the men closest to your life. Use your new lifestyle to educate and provide alternative choices. When you help men learn healthy ways to express anger, they break the cycle of violence.
Join the Ray of Hope Walk
The Ray of Hope Walk to End Violence towards Women is an initiative created by Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. This powerful event brings together the community, fraternal and college students. The Ray of Hope happens in four cities simultaneously on October 5th. The proceeds of the march benefit local grassroots organizations on the front line working with women. Sigma Lambda Xi will be walking for the 3rd year in a row. We invite you to stand with us and make a difference.
Join Team Sigma Lambda Xi – http://tiny.cc/BeaconofHope