Growing up, I was blessed to have an encouraging dad along with male teachers and bosses who took the time to invest in me. As we celebrate Father's Day this week, I want to give a special shout-out to all of the great guys out there who actively support women and girls in their own lives, as well as around the world. I was proud to be out in Washington D.C. last week in support of one such great cause: Men Against Breast Cancer, the nation's only non-profit organization dedicated to helping men be caregivers when breast cancer strikes a loved one.
"Our ribbon is pink and blue to symbolize that men and women are in this together," says Marc Heyison, founder and president of Men Against Breast Cancer. "It is a call to arms for all men to be there for the women they love." Throughout their lives, men play vital roles as fathers, sons, partners and allies to women and girls. Here are a few great partnership organizations doing important work engaging men in efforts to make our families, communities, and world safer and stronger.
Thank you, today and everyday, to all men who stand with women and girls.
HuffPost Blogger Christine Horansky and NewzDude Dave Preston, WTOP Sports Anchor Men Against Breast Cancer is the first and only national nonprofit organization designed to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes a loved one. MABC mobilizes men to be active participants in the fight against breast cancer with the help of the NewzDudes, male on-air talent from Washington D.C. Twitter: @MABCcares
The White Ribbon Campaign was started by a group of men in Canada in 1991 and is now celebrated internationally. Wearing a white ribbon is a symbol of men's opposition to violence against women, a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying, “Our future has no violence against women.”
3N1 MEN is a new initiative that is empowering men to fight human trafficking through advocacy, education and accountability. Millions of people are trafficked around the world, and the vast majority are women and children. 3N1 MEN advocates to help rescue victims and restore futures for survivors of modern-day human slavery. Twitter: @3n1men
The Man Up Campaign was launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative with Vital Voices as a youth-driven effort to stop violence against women and girls. It was created to give young people a voice in developing models of change through the universal platforms of sport, music, technology and the arts. Twitter: @manupcampaign
Girls Not Brides is a signature initiative of The Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Desmond Tutu. Girls Not Brides reaches out to organizations all over the world to forge a global civil society partnership to end child marriage. Twitter: @girlsnotbrides
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