Richard Siaw, the director of Voice Of Inspiring Inclusive Change Equitably (VOIICE) Foundation visited St. Aquinas to educate them on gender-based violence. It was a very different approach for these young men in a boy’s school to hear gender-based violence probably for the first time in their life as centered on them.
For most of them, it was the first time they got to hear that gender-based violence is men’s problem for two reasons. First of all, gender-based violence is mostly perpetuated by men and also on the fact that they are can also be victims of gender-based violence even without being conscious of it.
These young men were encouraged to speak up against their peers who make derogatory statements against women and other discriminatory remarks.
They were also enlightened on the various ways they can fall victims of gender-based violence and making sure that they always spoke up.
We are looking forward to a time where young men that are being recruited as VOIICEs will stand up against gender-based violence in a way that influences their peer culture protecting women and treating as equals. We believe that gradually, our aim of gender equality will be achieved and toxic masculinity, a thing of the past.