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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Partners with A CALL TO MEN

Today, A CALL TO MEN announced a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to sponsor The Many Faces of Manhood, A CALL TO MEN’s national conference exploring healthy, respectful manhood in athletics, education, incarceration, fatherhood, faith communities, and issues of gender.

As a statewide community foundation and presenting sponsor of the conference, the Women’s Foundation is committed to working with communities to achieve gender and racial equity.

Through a generous grant from the Women’s Foundation, A CALL TO MEN is working with the Minnesota-based planning committee to provide scholarships to 100 Minnesota activists and leaders working to prevent all forms of violence and discrimination against all women and girls. The scholarships will cover the full registration cost to attend The Many Faces of Manhood on September 14-15, 2017.

“This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity to engage boys and men as partners and leaders in our work to end violence against all women and girls,” said Saanii Hernandez, vice president, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. “By supporting A CALL TO MEN’s prevention strategies, we are making a direct investment in safety and prosperity for women and girls in Minnesota and across the country.”

“A CALL TO MEN is grateful for the vision and leadership of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. They have demonstrated their commitment to end violence against ALL women and girls by focusing their support on those most impacted by inequality, economic injustice and other forms of group oppression in Minnesota, including women and girls from rural communities. We stand in solidarity with them, striving to be aspiring allies – working to eliminate barriers to equality and equity, and bring our message of healthy, respectful manhood to all men,” said Tony Porter, CEO, A CALL TO MEN.

Conference attendees will learn how the collective socialization of men creates a fertile ground for violence and discrimination against women and girls. Those same notions of sexism and inequality hold men hostage to the rigid norms of manhood. As men are empowered to be their authentic selves, we will collectively create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. The conference will convene influential and passionate speakers who are leading the national conversation on healthy, respectful manhood and gender equality, and driving community change in Minnesota. Registration and speaker and conference topics lists can be found here.

About the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is a statewide community foundation investing in innovation to drive gender equity. The Foundation envisions a world of equal opportunity where women and girls – and all people – hold the power to create and lead safe, prosperous lives. Through grantmaking, research, and public policy, the Foundation is building pathways to opportunity and economic prosperity for all girls and women in Minnesota. Founded in 1983, it is the first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country.


A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many other social ills. A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls. For more information, visit Follow A CALL TO MEN on Facebook and Twitter @acalltomen.


Jen Lowman Day
Director of Communications
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
612.236.1828 |218.290.0604 (mobile)

Anna Marie Johnson Teague
Chief Communications Officer

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