1. The Pledge. Make a pledge to yourself, and others, that you will reject violence, sexism, and you will respect women and support gender equality. The first step to getting involved is to make a declaration that you will stand up and challenge violence against women. Live a life of integrity and respect, and let others know what you are doing and why you believe this cause is important. Promote and work to bring awareness to the issue that’s been silent for too long and dedicate yourself to be part of the solution. For examples of other group pledges, see this link.

  1. Be a Role Model. Serve as an example to your friends, family, co-workers and your community to end violence towards women. Be an example to men on how to speak up and take action against inequality between men and women. Generate norms that display equality between the genders, rejecting the idea of male dominance over women. Young men and adults will be looking to you and imitating actions of their role models. So, set the bar high and distinguish a new standard for younger boys and peers. Make it known it is essential for boys to be involved in solving gender-based violence. Do this by modeling respectful behavior, actions, and language. For ways to be a positive role model, see this link.

  1. Be an Active Bystander. Commit to becoming an active bystander who intervenes when you see something that’s not right. It should become your moral obligation to intervene in any situation where a female may feel uncomfortable, pressured, or abused. Don’t forget, using bystander intervention helps not just to combat violence, but can be used to stop sexism or disrespectful behavior. Studies conducted with college men prove they underestimate other men’s discomfort with language or behaviors that objectify women and their willingness to intervene to prevent violence. (Berkowitz, 2011) Once one person has the courage to speak out, it will be easier for others to do the same. For more on what it means to be an active bystander and tips on how to intervene, see this link.

  1. Speak Out, Take Action. As a group, implement and carry out programming activities and campaigns that directly work to the issue of reducing gender-based violence. These program activities and campaigns bring awareness to this situation and can also alter the thoughts and behaviors of the people involved. Events, posters, volunteering, or simply talking about these issues will encourage other men to not only learn, but to take action. Here are several well-developed campaigns used across the country on college campuses. Here is a list of sample activities to help you get started.