Jimmie Briggs says we have to begin the process of decriminalising men as a whole. Yes, there are individual situations of men violating the rights of loved ones or women and girls around them but we have to create a space for men and boys to feel this work is theirs as well. These are human challenges that affect men and boys. We have to start education and conversations much earlier. #twconf12
Van Oranje says there is not one religion that says "Marry your girls before they are 18;" or one culture that says "Harm your women." These behaviours are created by men, so we need to recognise that they can be changed. She quoted one of the Elders who says, 'Tradition is created by man and so it can be changed by man.'
Nazir Afzal says: I am ashamed that men are so obsessed with women's sexual behaviour. We define everything by the great wall of vagina. Women always have to carry the honour of the family, it doesn't matter what men do. #twconf12
Afzal says education is key and that we have to start early, educating young men and boys. If it gets to the stage of prosecution, we have failed, he says. It’s too late, someone has died or been harmed. Our job is about education and awareness work, he adds. #twconf12
Afzal says young people will listen to young people, not so much to adults, so we need young people to get involved and educate others. #twconf12