Men are welcome at all components of our annual International Women's Day Celebration.

This year, one of the workshops is aimed specifically at men. 

Here’s Where We Start: How Men Can Help Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence
This workshop will explore the environment in which sexual and domestic violence flourishes and identify five social norms which support it. Using a public health model of primary prevention, the presentation will provide participants with opportunities for action and suggestions for solutions. It will also explain how the Minnesota Men’s Action Network is working statewide to involve men in this effort.

Frank Jewell, Men as Peacemakers   

Chuck Derry, Gender Violence Institute


This workshop will take place from 1:15 - 2:30 on the 3rd floor of Coffman Union at the U of M.



Men are also among the presenters at these two workshops:


The Proliferation of Small Arms and Women’s Human Rights (10:45 - 12:00)

The presence and spread of small arms affects women in the international, national, community-wide, and domestic realm.  A majority of female homicide victims in the United States were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers, and the majority of female homicides were committed with firearms.  Dr. Wendy Cukier of Ryerson University, founder of International Action Network on Small Arms and co-founder and President of the Coalition for Gun Control, will discuss the public health implications of small arms on women.  Pheng Thao, who also works with Project PEACE, will provide a Minneapolis focus on the issue.  Moderator Professor Ní Aoláin brings a background in women in post-conflict regions, where the continued presence of small arms has a distinct and dangerous effect on women. 


Dr. Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University

Pheng Thao, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota Law School


A New Era for Reproductive Rights Here and Abroad: The Obama Administration, the Supreme Court and Health Care Reform (10:45 - 12:00)

Lifting the global gag rule, reinstating $235 million in family planning funding to the UNFPA, and moving forward with stem cell research are just a few reversals with the change from the Bush to the Obama administrations.  But in light of the current make up of the Supreme Court, do we still need to be concerned about the future of Roe v. Wade?  A huge population of young women uses family planning clinics as their primary care provider in lieu of a personal or family doctor. Where do these young women and their reproductive health fit into the new models of health care reform?  This workshop will take an overall look locally, nationally and internationally at the new future of reproductive health.



Sarah Craven, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Tim Stanley, Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD

Representative Erin Murphy, Minnesota House Health & Human Services Committee

Kathleen Murphy, Midwest Health Center for Women