Becoming an Ally

The “Ally Workshop” is our introductory workshop and overview of what it means to act “as an ally”.  The basic question addressed by this introductory workshop is “how do we as men act as allies with women, while building an alliance with other men?”  As men, we know well how to protect women, and how to do so in ways that confront (usually harshly) or “attack” other men.  What we know, however, is that women don’t necessarily want or need us to “protect” them and confronting or attaching other men generally isn’t an effective strategy for community-building or social change.

 

This three-hour workshop provides some basic bystander intervention techniques combined with ally practices, explores how individuals can effectively act as allies, and ends with a discussion (and some initial planning) on how groups of men can act as a collective to help prevent gender based violence.

 

We provide this workshop roughly on a monthly basis, but also work with local community groups (faith communities, schools, etc.) to host these workshops.  If you are interested in joining one or helping us to plan one, contact us at ownit@cwfempower.org