We would love to see one of our HBDC! male allies attend this!
Cross posted from feministing
Jimmie Briggs, an amazing journalist and organizer, that I got to know at the national conference of feminist men a month or so back, just let me know that applications are now open for his massive undertaking: Man Up, Young Leader’s Summit. In his words:
Delegates will leave the summit with a blueprint to create or scale-up self-designed projects addressing violence against women in their own communities. We will support their plans over the next five years with small seed grants, regional summits, technical support, and strong network development. These delegates will pave the way to what will become a global, youth-led movement to stop violence against women.
Man Up’s message is: “Violence against women is not just a women’s issue, it’s everyone’s issue.” Gotta love that.
With regards to the title of the campaign, which I can imagine some in our community might take issue with, I believe that Jimmie sees it as a reclaiming of the old masculine norms, represented by a phrase like “man up.” He has also talked about the difficulty of branding an event intended for a truly international audience. How do you pique the interest of teenagers in Cambodia, Cameroon, and Kentucky all at once?
WHO: To be eligible, applicants must be age 18-30 and live in any of our 50 Man Up countries. Four delegates per country will attend the summit together with renowned human rights leaders, educators, artists and athletes.
WHERE: Johannesburg, South Africa
WHEN: summer 2010 on the occasion of the World Cup