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It was Angela Davis, political activist and University Professor, who once said that domestic violence against women could not end without enlisting the help and support of men in our society.

Although there are many organizations, a range of legal remedies, a network of shelters, crisis centers and other sites where survivors are able to find support, none of these efforts or initiatives are aimed at involving men to put an end to their own violence against women. None except A Call To Men, a leading national men’s organization focused on the man’s role in ending violence against women.

Emmy Award nominated actress Vanessa Williams – best known for her work on Showtime’s hit series Soul Food – co-hosted an event at the ArtPeace Gallery in Burbank, California for A Call To Men last week. Williams is a board member of this nonprofit whose mission is to galvanize a national movement of men (and women) dedicated to eradicating this prevalent problem.

Co-founder’s Ted Bunch and Tony Porter believe that it is vital that men play a primary role in the solution to this problem. A Call To Men is therefore unique in its approach because it challenges men to change their traditional beliefs about women and work towards eradicating sexism. The organization has developed strong coalitions with women’s groups that share the same or similar goals. A Call To Men holds seminars, workshops and other educational activities designed to shift the behaviors of men through a re-education and training process that challenges sexism.

The event was attended by a cross section of Hollywood celebrities, including Rockmond Dunbar (Vanessa Willam’s husband on Soul Food), Michelle Stafford and Laura Bregman of the Young and the Restless, Tamala Jones (Head of State), and Camille Winbush (the Bernie Mac Show). For more information on this nonprofit, visit their official website.

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