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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds We came to Scotland from many different countries. We bring with us our own ideas of what is a strong man, and what is a woman’s place. Ideas that come from our faith. Ideas that we will stick to. we know the uses of violence. We know what our hands are for. We know what to teach our sons. This is what we know. Violence against women must stop. Women and men are equal. It is in our holy book. I let go of the negative things from my culture. I hold on to the positive things. I will teach my son that violence is a sign of weakness.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds As a strong man, my hands are full of gentleness.

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Preventing violence against women

Now we have explained what Primary Prevention is, please watch the video above titled ‘A Strong Man’ and consider the following questions:

  • Who is the film aimed at?
  • What are the key messages in the film?
  • How effective do you think they would be in your community/country?

We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section.

In the ‘See also’ section below are two other short films aimed at preventing violence against women. You may also wish to consider their target audiences and effectiveness.

‘A Strong Man’ was made by 67 men from the Maryhill Integration Network’s men’s group who originate from 11 countries.

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Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

University of Strathclyde