Join Us for a Special Presentation of “Becoming Papa” and a Discussion on Young Men, Fatherhood and Pathways to Non-Violence

Join us on May 8th for a special presentation of the forthcoming PBS -To The Contrary documentary “Becoming Papa” and a discussion on young men, fatherhood and pathways to non-violence in Brazil, the Caribbean, the US and internationally.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

NYU Washington DC
Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Becoming PapaAround the world, low-income young men are at risk of dropping out of school and at higher risk of experiencing multiple forms of violence (including homicide). In Brazil, low-income young men of African descent make up the majority of the 40,000 homicide victims every year. In the US and the Caribbean, young men of color are overrepresented in school dropouts and in prison. In such settings, given the lack of opportunities and historical injustices, young men sometimes gravitate toward versions of manhood associated with gang-related violence, and sexual conquest; as many as a third of young men in such settings have no or little contact with their biological fathers. Hyper-masculine cultures reinforced in such settings create vulnerabilities for women, girls, boys and men.

What policy and program approaches work in such settings? How can we see young men as diverse, and as allies in gender and social justice, rather than as threats? What does emerging research tell us about how to achieve change? And how does such work connect to or dialogue with efforts to promote the empowerment of adolescent girls?

On May 8th, NYU Washington DC is holding the “Weissberg Forum for Discourse in the Public Square” to discuss young men, fatherhood and pathways to non-violence in Brazil, the Caribbean, the US and internationally. The event will include a special presentation of the forthcoming PBS – To the Contrary documentary “Becoming Papa,” which follows the stories of two men in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and how MenCare’s co-coordinator, Equimundo, helped to change the way they think about fatherhood, and manhood. This screening will be followed by a discussion from leading researchers and voices in the field.

Gary Barker, International Director of Equimundo and Co-Chair of the MenEngage Alliance, will give the keynote presentation. Other speakers include Jeni Klugman (Director of Gender and Development, World Bank), Peter Douglas Weller (University of the West Indies and CARIMAN), David Grosso (City Councilman, Washington, DC) and Bonnie Erbé (PBS-To The Contrary Host).

The event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live! For more information, see the official event website. Seating for the event is limited, so if you would like to attend in person, be sure to register to reserve a seat.