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A CALL TO MEN: Understanding Manhood, Male Socialization, and Prevention

April 2019 Webinar

A CALL TO MEN: Understanding Manhood, Male Socialization, and Prevention

A CALL TO MEN radically challenges the collective socialization of men by examining the social norms, culture and traditional images of manhood that have created an environment that supports, tolerates and often encourages men’s violence against women. This webinar will provide insight into the construct of sexism and challenges the privileges and entitlements given to men by men.  It will address the #MeToo movement, how men should respond, educate on why the problem is so pervasive, and invite men to become part of the solution.  The webinar will articulate how the Man Box perpetrates sexism and inequality, and how embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood will prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, and other social ills.

Free for members / $25 for non-members


Rickie Houston is the lead trainer for A CALL TO MEN. Houston is a specialist in violence prevention in sports, the military and faith communities.  He has worked throughout the United States and for the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Domestic Violence Conference.  His international work includes Liberia and Sierra Leone, engaging men in the effort to end violence against women in West Africa.  As pastor of a church in North Carolina, Houston believes in a holistic approach to ministry, working to elevate the interaction of spiritual and social consciousness to advance personal development.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1982-1988, and has provided military training in Okinawa, Japan.  Houston has also trained extensively with professional athletes.


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. Healthy, respectful manhood is also linked to improved physical health and emotional well-being for men. When boys are told not to cry or feel, there are long-term lasting negative effects on their health and relationships. Research by the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who suppress their emotions are one-third more likely to die prematurely than people who regularly express what they are feeling. Issue of rage, anxiety, depression and unhealthy coping mechanisms can manifest. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the suicide rate is four times higher in men than in women.

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. The organization’s approach is grounded in the social ecological model, advocated by the Centers for Disease Control, as a framework for primary prevention of gender-based violence, and supports the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Goal 5: Gender Equality).    

A CALL TO MEN has 20+ years of experience working with and training men and boys, including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer the National Hockey League, the United States Military, the Department of Justice, the United Nations, and colleges and universities across the nation. Follow A CALL TO MEN on Facebook and Twitter @acalltomen.