From Harlem to the United Nations
Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, Community Mayor of Harlem and Goodwill Ambassador to Africa along with the Man Up Campaign invited the world to celebrate International Women’s Day in a high-tech club atmosphere and help kick off the United Nations’ historic Beijing+20 Conference in a memorable way!
This International Women's Day was especially noteworthy, as it not only marked the twentieth anniversary of the seminal 1995 Beijing Conference on Women, and the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N., but alsowas the largest march for gender equality in America since 1978, and saw Man Up's announcement of the S.M.A.R.T. framework for life-cycle gender education, by Man Up Campaign.
Man Up Campaign was thrilled to host Zero Degrees of Separation, an event that emphasized the interconnectedness, or "zero degrees of separation," among all human beings. It offered a unique convergence of location and opportunity, showcasing the work of Man Up delegates from Africa and South Asia in a spirit of celebration and inspiration. The festivities were held on Sunday, March 8 (International Women’s Day), at MIST Harlem, an innovative cultural and educational venue in one of New York City’s most historically significant areas.
Among the evening’s highlights for the several hundred attendees, included dignitaries from around the world and community residents:
Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, founder and president of the New Future Foundation discussed the journey from the 1995 Beijing Women's Conference 20 years ago to today.
We heard from noted feminist organizer Shelby Knox, first introduced to most of the activist community via the award-winning documentary The Education of Shelby Knox, and currently Director of Organizing, Women’s Rights for Change.org.
We also heard from popular actor and musician Penn Badgley, best-known to most audiences for his work in the television series Gossip Girl, but who also appears in the current NBC series The Slap and in the upcoming feature film Anarchy.
Attendees had the opportunity to screen 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection The Mask You Live In.
The music of Dylan Golden, Pax Humana, and DJ ĀGARD got everyone on their feet and dancing!
- Man Up Campaign was joined by Stony Brook University's Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities and Lions Club International to announce our new gender-focused, life-cycle engagement initiative targeting schoolchildren in India based on the “LionsQuest” social-emotional wellness curriculum. With your help we intend to extend the program globally to become the largest gender education program in the world.
March 5-8, 2015, just before CSW 59 at the UN marking 20 years since World Conference on Women in Beijing, China
Mark your calendars! The Man Up Campaign, along with the Center for Men and Masculinities at Stony Book University, the American Men's Studies Association, and the MenEngage Network, is sponsoring the International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality! The conference will run from March 5-8, 2015, in New York City and takes place just before the United Nations' annual two-week meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW). This particular gathering of the CSW marks the twentieth year since the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. Thus, this year's CSW meeting, sometimes referred to as "Beijing+20," takes on special significance.
Are You In The House West Coast!
We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Eugene Hung! New York-born and Texas-bred, he's been a husband for thirteen years and a father of two daughters, ages five and eight. He's also a credentialed social studies and math teacher, a licensed minister, a writer for Asiance Magazine, and an activist with experience advocating for women and girls, people of color, homeless folks, and the environment.
And in late October, Jimmie and Fred spoke to the young men of the Expanded Success Initiative, a project of the New York City mayor's office which equips Black and Latino high school boys for college and career success. Also speaking was another friend of Man Up, Jason Higgins, who serves as the program director for the New York Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violence.
How to conduct a one-year marketing campaign for greater awareness of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
We're pleased, and proud, to share with you the fruits of a lot of hard work by folks on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It's a manual that details how to run a one-year campaign in Great Lakes Region of central Africa to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. The project was spearheaded by Jimmie, Emily Fischer, and Elizabeth Mayer here in the U.S., and researched and piloted by a number of activists in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was funded through a grant from the World Bank, to whom we say thank you very much! Are You Man Enough? Manual Stop Sexual and Gender Based Violence. we