A Sydney boys’ school has launched a powerful new campaign in an attempt to get young men thinking and talking about gender equality and domestic violence.

Newington College has made “Stand With Her” the theme for its Year 12 students in 2016, and students at the school have collectively pledged never to “commit, excuse or remain silent” about violence against women.

Earlier this week, a number of boys from the school formed a white ribbon on the oval, to show their support for the White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence, as can be seen in the video below: 

A thousand New men have got your back

A thousand New men have got your back. Take a stand and join White Ribbon. #StandwithHer #StopViolenceAgainstWomen

Posted by Newington College on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Prefect Jack Jacobs explained the reasons why he and his classmates adopted the campaign, saying:

“We are 1333 young men and we can have an influence if we stand up for women. You can’t lecture young men, you have to approach it as an equal and as a friend to say have you thought about your behaviour.” 

Newington boys have also been asked to consider the implications of words like “bitch” and “slut”:

“The language we use around women and girls is just as important. Are we being respectful if ‘bitch’ and ‘slut’ [are] being thrown around? There is definitely a culture of the casual use of derogatory terms to describe women and we need to watch the language we use. There is the aspect of physical violence which can be behind the scenes but it can begin with the way we treat women on an everyday basis.”

via Daily Telegraph
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