The Man Up Campaign was created by American journalist Jimmie Briggs, and inaugurated at the July 2009 Clinton Global Initiatives. Mr. Briggs created the human rights organization after writing Innocents Lost, a book about the child soldiers forced to fight and rape in the wars of Central Africa.
Mr. Briggs felt that he "did not see men standing up on this issue in a real way—and not just standing up on this issue, but standing alongside women on this issue.... (And) needed to create something to bridge that gap.”
As stated by Mr. Briggs, Man Up is a progressive initiative in that "the men in this effort are…comfortable using their strength in a non-traditional way…to be leaders and advocates for non-violence."
Man Up is a global campaign to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. Through the universal platforms of sport, music, technology and the arts, the Man Up Campaign partners with young men and women around the world to provide innovative training, resources and support to youth informed initiatives. This partnership hopes to build a network of young advocates and defenders, linking their efforts to those of community based and mainstream organizations, entertainment and sports communities, non-profits and corporations towards the common cause of ending violence against women and girls. The end goal being to give young people a voice in developing models of change that truly address and affect the issue of violence against women.
Man Up believes that youth have few opportunities to participate together in addressing violence against women. Man Up wants to change that by creating a coordinated global network of young leaders to build this community.
the Man Up Campaign attempts to address this by:
This is achieved by:
- Exposing young leaders to existing organizations, good works and best practices in their countries and globally.
- Using the Man Up website and social media to highlight international and community-based programs addressing violence against women.
- Holding regional summits that bring together experts from the field with young leaders.
- Requiring that summit delegates partner with existing organizations for support and accountability.
Connecting young leaders to each other
This is achieved by:
- Summits: Man Up regional summits expand the network of young leaders from each region, and bring change-makers from the same area to meet in person and learn from experts and one another. Regional summits bring together and grow the community of youth taking actions to stop violence against women.
- Social networking: Through social networks Man Up facilitates peer to peer learning and intellectual exchange, social and professional networking, and access to global practitioners from a range of relevant fields.
- Online magazines: The MUzine enables young leaders to share their stories, ideas and creative expressions around the issue of violence against women.
- Blog: The Man Up Campaign Blog serves as a daily forum to inform, discuss, and share news, policy, events, and experiences around the movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Man Up helps youth lead the way to providing the framework to allow the full development of young leaders and their ideas. This is achieved by providing the support structures, a constructive learning environment and the space to challenge the ideas surrounding violence against women and girls, which is often missing.
This capacity building is achieved in five ways:
Training: Man Up summit trainings provide technical skills to young people working to address violence against women in their communities around the world. Informed and led by both peers and recognized experts in the field, trainings address basic organizing and planning, subject matter related to VAW, and new ways to utilize sports, music and technology to stop violence against women.
Technical assistance: The Man Up team and partners provide ongoing on-site and virtual technical support to help delegates effectively implement their blueprints for change.
Resource Database: A resource database is being developed for the Man Up community. This tool holds reports, tool-kits, and training modules related to all aspects of combating violence against women and girls.
Grants: Seed grants are made available to delegates for the successful implementation of strong blueprint plans shown at summits.
Monitoring and Evaluation: Man Up is committed to integrating sound monitoring and evaluation into all aspects of their work. They work with an outside evaluator and prioritize accountability in their operations. They also train young leaders in the fundamentals of sound monitoring and evaluation. They hope to grow the body of evidence-based work surrounding primary prevention and violence against women.
Young Leaders Summit
Young Leaders Summit 2010
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Man Up brought together youth leaders along with artists, athletes and activists to launch a five-year campaign at an inaugural Young Leaders Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the summit, the Man Up Campaign convened a diverse group of about 200 women and men (ages 18 to 30 years) from 50 countries to learn from world renowned human rights leaders and each other about how to address violence against women in their communities.
Young Leaders Summit 2014
In 2014 this same group of Man Up Delegates will gather again at World Cup 2014 in Brazil to share their experiences, build community, and further develop methodologies to strengthen their efforts.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Man Up Campaign. (2010). The Campaign. Retrieved July 27, 2010, from Man Up Campaign: http://www.manupcampaign.org/about/56/130-the-campaign
- ↑ Olopade, D. (2010, July 24). Man Up, The New Campaign to Stop Sexual Violence. Retrieved July 27, 2010, from The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-24/man-up-the-new-campaign-to-stop-sexual-violence/2/
- ↑ Man Up Campaign. (2010). Community. Retrieved July 27, 2010, from Man Up Campaign: http://www.manupcampaign.org/about/57/135-community
- ↑ Man Up Campaign. (2010). Capacity Building. Retrieved July 27, 2010, from Man Up Campaign: http://www.manupcampaign.org/about/57/134-capacity-building
- ↑ Man Up Campaign. (2010). Young Leaders Summit 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010, from Man Up Campaign: http://www.manupcampaign.org/yls/63-yls-2010/177-summit-2010