I am passionate aboutI’m moved by efforts to reduce gender inequality which highlight the true
impact of distorted gender views. One shining example by a One Young World
Ambassador is the volunteer organisation SheSays which works to educate women
on their rights and build support networks for those affected by violence,
while also elevating public awareness of these issues.
I believe that in order to address the UN's Sustainable Development Goals the
key barrier to overcome is the mass discrimination and structural
disadvantages that women suffer from. Gender equality is a necessary
prerequisite before the economic goals and peace can be achieved.
Even in the UK it is estimated that one in four women will experience
domestic abuse in their lives. In fact, it is estimated that nine times more
deaths are incurred from violence between individuals than from war. The
global cost of domestic abuse is estimated at $8 trillion/year - the
equivalent of half the GDP of the USA.
This demonstrates that even in simple economic terms domestic abuse is a huge
cost on the global economy. This doesn't even begin to describe the trauma
and subjective pain it causes its enormous amount of victims.
Put frankly, gender violence is the greatest war this planet is facing. It
must be overcome as a first step in order to achieve both peace and
ActionsWithin the community I am active in raising awareness of and addressing
societal issues leading to domestic abuse and domestic homicide. I grew up
with domestic abuse and just under 2 years ago my brother and I raised enough
money to move our mother and sister from our family home. A few days later
our father shot our mother and sister before killing himself.
My brother and I have raised issues with how the media report on male
violence towards women. We have performed a televised interview with the BBC
and have told our story in written form through the BBC, Guardian and many
We have been active in raising the skills of our national services in
addressing domestic abuse. We work heavily with Surrey police creating
materials to raise awareness and deliver training to police officers and the
Crown Prosecution Service on coercive control and domestic abuse. We have
also spoken at an NHS event in a similar capacity and will be speaking in
Dublin at the Safe World Summit.
We work closely with many charities such as Refuge and Women’s Aid,
assisting in fund raising, awareness campaigns and delivering speeches. I
have been invited to be a trustee on the board a Surrey domestic abuse
charity and look forward to contributing my skills to their management.
Finally, we are looking to create deeper change by demonstrating positive
male role models to younger boys through the Being Mankind project and
through our work as White Ribbon Ambassadors speaking out against male
violence towards women. We have written a book on our experiences,
challenging myths surrounding domestic abuse and encouraging others to speak
up; we hope to publish this late 2018.