Ring the Bell
Now is the time to end violence against women.
On March 8, with launch events worldwide, Breakthrough took Ring the Bell (Bell Bajao) global.
One million men. One million promises calls on men worldwide to promise to take concrete action to end violence against women.
Men and women together have responded with outrage to recent dramatic acts of violence from Delhi to Cairo to Steubenville. We know that effective laws, courts, and cops are essential -- but they are not enough. We need individual and community action to challenge the habits and norms that perpetuate violence.
Men, their allies, and their actions, can create that global tipping point, today.
Together with our partners in South Africa, Brazil, Sweden, and more, we will secure one million promises in one year, starting March 8, 2013 (International Women's Day).
With men as leaders and partners, we can build a world in which women are safe -- and in which all of us live freely, fully, and without fear.
Together we can build a safer world.
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Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, urges men to promise to help end violence against women. The former President of Chile also announces a partnership between UN Women’s Commit campaign and Ring the Bell: One million men. One million promises.3 Comments
Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace, promises to help end violence against women. Ring the Bell: One million men. One million promises calls on men worldwide to promise to take concrete action to end violence against women.3 Comments
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by Donald McPherson We have seen much—and much-deserved—criticism of the mainstream media coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict. Some reporters, notoriously, have focused on what “good students” the convicted young men are and what “bright futures” had been squandered by their actions. While these may have been misguided analyses of the verdict, the outrage stems [...]
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Many of us remember Sir Patrick Stewart on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the heroic Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise whose mission was to explore the galaxies. In real life, the dynamic 72-year-old acclaimed actor and activist has taken on his own personal mission: enlisting men in the movement to end violence against women, [...]
Thank you, Captain Picard. Speaking over the weekend at an event he hosted for the Ring the Bell anti-violence campaign, the actor issued a challenge — and sounded an important call for 1 million men to make 1 million “concrete, actionable promises” to end abuse against women, the “single greatest human rights violation of our generation.” Stewart’s remarks were [...]
Zerlina Maxwell, law student and political commentator, “can’t even read” her own Facebook page because “it’s full of people wanting to rape me,” she told Salon. The reason for this outpouring of hateful online posting is that this courageous rape survivor spoke on Fox’s Hannity program and said preventing rape is about “telling men not to rape women,” not telling [...]