Men4MAAV was launched in 2018, when members of MAAV’s Board of Directors and our Safe Steps for Melrose Task Force joined forces.
Men4MAAV Mission Statement
Our mission is to support the work of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) by developing a network of individuals and organizations to work with men and boys to promote and cultivate a culture of gender equality, mutual respect, and healthy relationships.
Men4MAAV Vision Statement
Our vision is a community where men and boys are accountable and empowered with the knowledge and tools to actively engage in transforming our culture to prevent male violence in all its forms, and where all male-identifying members embrace healthy masculinity.
Men4MAAV grew out of 2018’s celebration of White Ribbon Day in Melrose, a first for the community. White Ribbon Day is an annual international movement urging men and boys to oppose domestic and sexual violence, not just in their own relationships but in the wider world around them. The event was marked in Melrose with a virtual flag raising at Melrose City Hall (a torrential rainstorm kept us indoors!) and a proclamation of White Ribbon Day in Melrose read by City Solicitor Robert Van Campen. All of the men present at the event took a pledge to help prevent sexual and domestic violence.
In 2019, the Men4MAAV group marked White Ribbon Day in Melrose again, with an event in the Aldermanic Chambers in Melrose City Hall. To view photos of the event click here. In April of that year, the group sponsored a training in the community, an “Allies Workshop” that featured a survivor of sexual violence sharing her story.
In 2020, Men4MAAV brought White Ribbon Day to Melrose High School, with an assembly for all students in 10th and 11th grades. Twin brothers Anthony & Eric McGriff led an inspiring assembly on healthy masculinity, getting all of the students involved. The McGriff brothers also led a White Ribbon Day Event for the community in the evening, which culminated with the raising of the White Ribbon Day flag in Mary Foley Park. See photos of White Ribbon Day 2020 here.
White Ribbon Day 2021 was by necessity a small but moving, socially-distanced ceremony which was broadcast to the community. Mayor Paul Brodeur read a Proclamation of March 4 as White Ribbon Day in Melrose, and members of our Student Action Board led the White Ribbon Day Pledge.
The group has also launched the Annual Men4MAAV Award for Excellence in Male Leadership. The first recipients in 2020 were Joe Parrillo, Melrose High School Guidance Counselor and Jim Donohue, President of Melrose Youth Soccer.
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