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Damien Barry

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Queensland Social Welfare > Domestic Violence
To initiate the development of a domestic violence prevention program for teenage boys - USA, Kenya, South Africa
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With the investigation into strategies that reduce gender based violence through programs that target teenage boys, I commenced my research in the USA on December 3rd 2015. I arrived in North Carolina where I participated in a Rites of Passage workshop in order to see how this could translate into a boys to men program. The Rites of Passage concept was something that I needed to explore as these sort of concepts have been seen as a possible mechanism to develop men of character and conscious, the mentors and the personal awareness, and therefore a real and tangible solution to gender based violence. I then travelled to Nashville, San Diego, Washington and New York where I met with representatives from various organisations that work to reduce domestic violence through specific education, training, workshops, and interventions with young men in Schools, Colleges, Churches and sporting clubs. I left the USA and arrived in Kenya on 2nd January where I met with Wanjala Wafula, the CEO and Founder of Co-Exist. Kenya was a stark contrast to the USA not only due to the differences in living standards but because of the overt, patriarchal and entrenched views and role of women in their society. Co-Exist works with men in urban and rural areas to change their mindsets and to reduce female genital mutilation and child marriage. My final destination was Cape Town, South Africa where I met with representatives from a training, service and healing centre for women called Mosaic. This centre has partnered with similar organisations in Brazil, Rwanda and Indonesia to develop a powerful program called MenCare Plus. Mosaic has also collaborated with representatives of the South Africa peak body around domestic violence called Sonke Gender Justice. I arrived back in Australia on January 10th 2016.

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