Men & Boys

V-Day has convened a committee, V-Day Men, which includes Byron Hurt, David Jones, Jackson Katz, Don McPherson, Sanjay Rawal, Victor Rivers and Quentin Walcott.  V-Day Men have developed a workshop involving community leaders, activists, multimedia tools, and celebrities. In addition to a core curriculum breaking down the issues surrounding the roots of violence toward women, a series of creative tools was employed, including a writing/expression session, from which a small group of participants will be selected to present their pieces to the public at It’s Hard Out Here For A Girl/Brooklyn Represents: Language and Sound.  V-Day Men is sponsored in part by the Avon Foundation.

Join us for this groundbreaking workshop - Men@Work:  Men Working To End Men’s Violence Against Women And Girls. Topics include: Redefining Masculinity, Recognizing Family Violence, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes” and exploration of sexism, homophobia and misogyny in Hip Hop, Fathering, Finding the tools for breaking the cycle of violence. Becoming a leader in your community to end violence against women.

Eve Ensler will introduce V-Day Men: Byron Hurt, Jackson Katz, David Jones, Don McPherson, Sanjay Rawal, Victor Rivas Rivers and Quentin Walcott, a dynamic group of men leading the first ever V-Day workshop by and for men.

Men@Work:  Men Working To End Men’s Violence Against Women And Girls
Saturday, June 24
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (light lunch will be served)

Location: Columbia University School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., 3rd Floor, Rooms 311/312, Between 121st Street and 122nd Streets, NYC

Space is limited, RSVP to or 212-645-VDAY (8329)

Byron Hurt

A former Northeastern Quarterback turned anti-sexist lecturer and activist, Hurt draws his critique from years of experience conducting masculinity trainings with sports teams, fraternities, and the military. Beyond Beats and Rhymes, his latest documentary film, extends a dialogue opened in his previous film, I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America, where Hurt posed questions on the meaning of black manhood in U.S. culture.

David Jones

David has been providing community-based family support services through Visiting NSNY programs in Far Rockaway Queens for 12 years.  He is currently the program director of administrative operations as well as the clinical and social service operations, David implements an innovative approach to gaining the participation of predominantly African American adolescent fathers in the lives of their children.  His “Fathers First” program has had impressive success and received widespread recognition.

Jackson Katz

One of America’s leading Anti-Sexist male activists, who has done groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. His new book The Macho Paradox:  Why some men hurt women and how all men can help is available on

Don McPherson

A former professional NFL player, is now Executive Director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University. As a social activist he has founded several outreach and mentoring programs, and regularly lectures as a critic of gender, stating that the standard constructions of masculinity and femininity both limit men’s emotions and overall well-being as well as contribute to gendered violence such as domestic violence, stalking and rape.

Sanjay Rawal

Director of Business Development, ORSA Consultants, has a decade of experience working with NGOs, foundations and governments as well as luminaries and world leaders to tackle some of the most pressing issues in developing nations.

Victor Rivers

A veteran film star of more than two dozen films, including THE MASK OF ZORRO, DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, and most recently, THE LOST CITY, is national spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the author of A PRIVATE FAMILY MATTER: A Memoir newly in paperback and available at  In his work to end violence against women and children, Victor use his personal story of surviving a home where abuse took place on the level of torture to raise awareness about how we can all do more to intervene and cure our greatest yet most curable social disease.

Quentin Walcott

Director of the CONNECT Training Institute and CONNECT’s Male Anti-Violence Initiatives. Quentin has nearly 10 years of experience working with males who have been exposed to and who are violent in their family and intimate relationships.