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Vital Voices launches The Solidarity Council – a global, multi-sector advisory council of men dedicated to ending gender-based violence.

The Vital Voices Solidarity Council is a unique endeavor bringing together men who are allies in the fight to raise global awareness on behalf of women and girls around the world. It will build a platform to highlight men’s engagement to protect and defend fundamental human rights, to strengthen partnerships with individuals, organizations and corporations. The primary issue areas of focus will be on human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful practices, and engaging boys and men in meaningful conversations about masculinity.

The Council will also identify and nominate men to receive the annual Solidarity Award, which will be presented in New York City on International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2018).


Inaugural Council Members:              

Council Chair

Alex Prout: Head of Asia Pacific, DWS


Judge Mohammad al Tarawneh: Vice-President, Court of Cassation, Jordan

Gary Barker: President and CEO, Promundo

Jackson Katz: Educator, Author and Global Thought Leader

Franklin McLarty: Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, McLarty Capital Partners

Don McPherson: Athlete and Educator

Kevin Patrick: Digitech and Music Industry Entrepreneur

Mayor Mike Rawlings: Mayor of Dallas, Texas

David Schwimmer: Actor and Director

Ryan Soscia: Founder and CEO, JDoe

Alvin Allgood: COO, Vital Voices Global Partnership


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