6th Annual NYC Father’s Day Pledge Against Violence
Yesterday, Movement Maker organization CONNECT (along with New York City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues hosting the 6th Annual NYC Father’s Day Pledge Against Violence on the steps of City Hall. Opening remarks were given by Mayor David N. Dinkins.
The Father’s Day Pledge event brings together elected officials, community leaders, city activists and youth to celebrate the vital roles men and boys can play in ending gender-based violence, and in building safe families and peaceful communities. The annual pledge captures the spirit of Father’s Day. It gives fathers and men a public forum to speak out against violence in our homes, schools and communities, and express solidarity for all victims and survivors: women, children and other men.
Intimate partner violence is a major public health and human rights issue globally. In upwards of 90 percent of the cases, the victims are women and girls. Men can play a crucial role in preventing and ending intimate and gender-based violence as allies, activists and movement builders. Furthermore, there is a high correlation between domestic violence and other forms of violence, including child abuse, teen dating violence, gang and gun violence, elder abuse and animal abuse. The annual Father’s Day Pledge provides a space for men and boys to take a stand against domestic violence and all forms of interpersonal and community violence.
Last year, the Father’s Day Pledge Against Violence went national for the first time, and was observed in more than 50 U.S. cities.
Movement Maker @QuentinWalcott reciting the Father’s Day Pledge