Authors: Wells, L., Flood, M., Boutilier, S., Goulet, S., & Dozois, E.
Date: February 2020
Shift worked closely with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) and Government of Alberta to create a practical set of guidelines to support funders and policy makers that are investing in programs that engage and mobilize men and boys in preventing violence against women and advancing gender justice. The purpose of these guidelines is to inform funding decisions and to help advance effective practices in engaging and mobilizing men and boys in violence prevention. Men and boys are important leaders, allies, stakeholders and co-beneficiaries in stopping male violence against women. Any effort to reduce violence against women and girls must therefore endeavour to tackle gender inequality and transform patriarchal structures that perpetuate its root causes. These guidelines are written from a place of humility as we recognize this field is emerging and there is a lot to learn. The authors and sponsors of these guidelines hope that you find them valuable to the ongoing dialogue of improving and building on these ideas. If you have any comments or feedback, we encourage you to connect with Shift or ACWS to keep the work moving forward as we engage more men and boys in violence prevention.