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Women's security issues aren't just about changing the way women and girls think and behave. It is also about changing the way the men and boys think and behave. They are as much a part of the solution as they are part of the problem. What can we do

Women's security issues aren't just about changing the way women and girls think and behave. It is also about changing the way the men and boys think and behave. They are as much a part of the solution as they are part of the problem. What can we do

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Hi Yann,

Unfortunately, I have not yet had the chance to develop this further. However, I am currently in a PhD program in Cognition and Instruction. I am very strongly leaning towards putting this plan into action as part of my dissertation process. Not only will I have the chance to implement, assess, and refine this idea, I have the opportunity to publish my findings for others to see and hopefully, replicate. You idea sounds fascinating as well. I am glad I could help provide some inspiration! Please keep me posted on how it goes! Every time my daughter opens up a new package of Legos or science experiment, she is so excited and I can see her little brain at work. It makes me think about how fortunate we are to provide her with regular access to such toys and how so many children are denied this opportunity based on circumstance. If there is a way to bring these to the schools and provide regular access, how much more successful can these children be?

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Michelle commented on The Moral "Bro-Code" Community

I think you are right on that the campaign needs to target a greater population. Fraternities and sports clubs are a great start but I think the paradigm shift needs to start even younger than college age youth. So much of what we learn socially and culturally begins in the home. High school boys, and even younger boys, should also be considered as a target audience for these campaigns. Men who are aggressive towards women often exhibit signs earlier on in life.

Check out some of information highlighted by this contribution: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/why-do-men-attack-women

The same goes for women and girls. They are often exposed to the violence early on in life and the more exposure or victimization, the more they are resigned to accepting their lot in life. We see it all the time in domestic violence victims and aggressors. The so-called "Cycle of violence" is very real and unfortunately begins at a much younger age than we tend to want to believe.

We need to start looking at solutions from a multi-generational level. But, this is a great start and the OpenIDEO Community is the perfect place to bring it all together and spread the message!

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Michelle commented on Shifting the Paradigm

Thank you both for your suggestions! With so many wonderful ideas and insights, it's hard to read them all!

I have actually seen the TEDTalk before and I think he is so right! Patrick Stewart has given some amazing presentations on his experience as a child in a home of domestic violence as well.