February is Be More Than A Bystander Month!
In late 2018, the month of February was designated by the city of Hamilton as Be More Than A Bystander month. Around the city you will see our billboards, social media posts and media coverage, as well as the Hamilton Sign at City Hall lit purple and grey in honour of this month and to raise awareness for this important campaign!
Since 2011 MentorAction has been raising awareness about the role men play in gendered violence and working to come up with strategies to redefine masculinity and make Hamilton and safer place.
MentorAction is a volunteer committee comprised of men in leadership roles in Hamilton, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. There are representatives on this committee from all different fields, from health and social services to education and media.
Interval House of Hamilton MentorAction program to end violence against women and girls and all forms of gender-based violence was stared in 2016 by Interval House of Hamilton.
Hamilton Bulldogs, McMaster University Athletics, and Hamilton Tiger Cats are partners in Be More Than A Bystander with 100% commitment and participation.
In-school presentations by Be More Than A Bystander trained athletes were ongoing throughout the school year in 2019, the same is now underway for 2020!
Our Vision and Mission
Vision: To make Hamilton a safer place by eliminating all forms of violence.
Mission: To engage men as leaders in the campaign to end gender-based violence through the implementation of communication and mentorship strategies.
Research shows men are more likely than any other gender to both be responsible for and to be a recipient of a violent crime. Although men commit violent acts against women and other genders, it is male-on-male violence that is most common in Hamilton.
Interval House of Hamilton facilitated a survey in 2012, and of the male respondents:
- 97% said males need to be involved in ending violence against women
- 94% said male leaders need to be involved
- 96% said living in a home without violence builds safe cities
MentorAction’s Key Roles
- Continue to engage male leaders in the prevention of gender-based violence to redefine masculinity without violence
- Develop resources, tools & supports to help male leaders talk about GBV & become role models for re-defining masculinity without violence
- Work in partnership and consultation with a range of community partners to ensure our strategies are complementary and we support the work of other agencies with the same goal