My Experience of Volunteer Training

By miles mackie

I attended the GLI training In January 2019. It was one of the best training sessions I have done.

From the moment you first arrive at the studio you are greeted in a friendly way. This continues throughout the entire session.

You get to create the rules as to which the next two weekends are defined by and they make a world of difference and create the safe space needed to develop the ideas of gender equality.

Throughout your first session you touch on a lot of sensitive topics that may not get discuss in your day to day life, but are brought up in a comfortable setting where you can voice your opinion before being shut down and knowing that everyone there may not completely agree with you but they understand your point of view and respect that.

You try numerous exercises to develop ideas around gender equality and the objectification of women. All of which make you really think deeply on topics often hid behind stereotypes and stigmas.

The whole session was fantastic and at the end of it you leave knowing a group of people who you can rely on for a discussion about the hard things in life.

For anyone who really wants to make a difference in the world and in people I would recommend that you attend the Good Lad Initiative training and take a proactive step for true equality

"Stand Up Men" at the GITW Film Festival

Emily Seshadri's short film "Stand Up Men", featuring GLI staff Ben, David and Dan, has been accepted in to ConnectHer's Girls Impact the World Film Festival.

With a focus on men’s role in gender equality, this film provokes men to commit to changes in attitudes and behaviour whilst highlighting the work organisations - like Good Lad - are doing to bring men in conversations about equality and real change.

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival is an annual event that focuses on issues facing women and girls around the world showcasing films from high school and undergraduate students on global women's issues such as: education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls, and a variety of other issues.

Winners will be awarded over $25K in prizes at the red carpet event, held in Austin, TX, USA on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Good luck Emily!

EVENT REVIEW: Gillette Discussion, Oxford

By Matt Dickinson, GLI Volunteer Oxford

Earlier this month, GLI co-hosted a public discussion evening about masculinity at Oxford University’s Balliol College, creating space to discuss the most controversial advert of 2019 yet: Gillette’s #TheBestMenCanBe campaign (view the ad, right). Along with fellow organisers UN Women Oxford (UNWO), a student-led society engaging young people in gender equality work, a capacity crowd of sixty turned out to dissect the ad, its messages about tomorrow’s men, and the backlash it faced.

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The evening’s excitement kicked off with a warm welcome from UNWO Chair Emily Capstick and former GLI Oxford co-ordinator Tom Hornbrook. The room fell into pensive silence upon screening the advert followed by the invitation to join four facilitator-guided discussion circles by GLI volunteer Hugh Palmer. Themes included positive masculinity as promoted by Gillette, backlash, corporate motives, and how the advert fits the bigger picture of past and future action against harassment and violence against women.

The night was a resounding success, with diverse views openly and respectfully aired, and one attendee travelling from as far afield as Warwick! The overwhelming consensus was one of support for the advert's central message that men need to get involved in preventing violence. However, one particularly interesting viewpoint questioned whether the advert made enough effort to encourage personal introspection, or if there was too much emphasis on individual acts of “heroism” by policing the actions of other men.

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The evening’s greatest achievements were engaging a wider mixed-gender audience, increasing GLI’s visibility to the community and forming a friendship with a fantastic sister organisation working for common goals in Oxford and beyond.