"As long as violence against women, sexual or otherwise, remains strictly and exclusively a women’s issue, it will always be an issue. We men must own this and we must recognize it as vital to our own survival. And we must help our brothers see it as such."

- Ben Affleck, 2009 Presenter

"There are many of us, and we're fighting together."

- Ravi Kant, India

"People think that power and real change comes from the top, from politicians and decision makers. But I believe that change doesn’t come from a law, change comes when you can shift culture."

- Panmela Castro, Brazil

Vital Voices Solidarity Awards

Voices of Solidarity — a presentation of the Vital Voices Solidarity Awards — recognizes men who have shown courage and compassion in advocating on behalf of women and girls in the United States and around the world. Every day, the universal scourge of gender-based violence afflicts women in its many forms: domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful traditional practices. As long as violence against women persists, women's human rights are compromised.


OUR 2015 HONOREES

This past December 7, 2015 just before International Human Rights Day, Vital Voices Global Partnership presented the Vital Voices Solidarity Award at a special inaugural event in New York City honoring outstanding men who have given their time, talent and resources to the fight for universal equality and a world in which women live free from violence: 

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein | A former peacekeeper and diplomat advancing the inclusion of women in all UN efforts to protect human rights. 

Gary Barker | A global leader in engaging men and boys to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women.

Sadou Lemankreo | A police officer and human rights defender who is challenging a culture of silence around violence against women and human trafficking in Cameroon.

John Prendergast | An activist and author at the forefront of initiatives to support women survivors of conflict in Africa.

Tom Wilson | A business leader and advocate who helps survivors of domestic violence break free from abuse.

We know that success will not be achieved by women alone. Working together, women and men more effectively increase public awareness, advance the full implementation of laws and sustain the support services available to victims. 


INAUGURAL VOICES OF SOLIDARITY

On December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day, Vital Voices Global Partnership presented the Vital Voices Solidarity Award at a special inaugural event in New York City honoring outstanding men who have given their time, talent and resources to the fight for universal equality and a world in which women live free from violence:

  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • Bafana Khumalo, co-founder, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Donald McPherson, athlete and educator
  • Patrick Stewart, actor and activist

Voices of Solidarity was hosted by Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Chandra JesseeAlexi Ashe Meyers and Seth Meyers. Guest presenters included Sally Field and Tina Brown. View the gallery.