Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence
Domestic and sexual violence affect us all – either directly or through people we know.
Men, in their role as fathers, uncles, brothers, mentors, and role models, have many opportunities to end domestic and sexual violence.
On Father’s Day, a day for hailing both the mundane and the extraordinary things that fathers do every single day, celebrate by taking a stand. Celebrate fatherhood by standing up for what is right.
Fathers: be the role models your kids deserve. Break the silence—speak out. If you see violence in your community, your place of worship, your workplace: call it out. Take the Father’s Day pledge against violence. Say NO MORE to men’s violence against women and children.
I will work to end gender violence and pledge to:
- Not use violence of any form in my relationships
- Speak up if another man is abusing his partner or is disrespectful or abusive to women and girls. I will not remain silent.
- Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence.
- Mentor and teach boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women. I will lead by example.
Father’s Day Pledge activities will be occurring across the state in 2016!
The statewide campaign is being organized by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In our region planning is being led by a collaboration between Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Pittsburgh Pirates, FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, United Way of Southwest PA and many partners of Southwest PA Says No More!
Activities are still being planned, and we welcome any individual or group to plan a Pledge event in their community. Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has developed a toolkit of resources to help communities use the Pledge.
- May 17, 2016 at noon: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, PA Says No More, The Pittsburgh Pirates and Southwest PA Says No More are co-sponsoring a Kickoff event at Market Square to unveil new PSA’s produced by the Pittsburgh Pirates
- June 2016: The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting Father’s Day Pledge resource booths in the lobbies of its Homewood-Brushton Community Center and its downtown office. Throughout the month, guests, families and clients are welcome to visit and sign the Pledge. Dates: to be announced.
- June 2016: City of Pittsburgh is planning several eblasts, is displaying posters in every department and encouraging all employees to sign the Pledge.
- June 2016: Pressley Ridge will be hosting various Pledge signing events for staff.
- June 2016: Auberle is planning a range of Pledge events involving different groups of staff, volunteers and youth.
- June 1, 2016: The Alice Paul House will be kicking off their signing campaign at the Indiana County Commissioners Meeting, where a proclamation will be read. The Father’s Day Pledge banner will hang in the Indiana County Giant Eagle through June 20 so members of the community can sign the pledge.
- June 1, 2016: Family Services of Western PA is incorporating a Father’s Day Pledge signing into its Staff Appreciation Day.
- June 4, 2016: PNC Park, Pirates vs Angels, 4:15 game – The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence are collaborating to showcase their commitment to the Pledge. The Pirates will share a new “No More” public service announcement featuring players and coaching staff, and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence will announce the Male Excellence Award.
- June 5, 2016: Blackburn Center‘s Men as Allies Group will be hosting a Father’s Day table at the Westmoreland Croquet Club Tournament.
- June 7, 2016: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is calling all members to sign the Pledge. See Let’s Continue the Movement of Men Stepping Up to Stop Gender Violence by Rabbi Aaron Bisno and Brian Schreiber.
- June 11, 2016: Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County invites community members to sign the Pledge at the New Castle Public Library during Summer Reader Kick-off.
- June 13, 2016: Allegheny County sent out an eblast encouraging all county employees to participate in the Pledge.
- June 15, 2016: University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sent an e-blast to all University Employees and posted a special announcement encouraging the University community to join him in signing the Pledge.
- June 17, 2016: DVSSP and Joe Nicolella, Athletic Director for Washington High School will be interviewed on WJPA radio to promote the Father’s Day Pledge and awareness of domestic violence.
- June 17, 2016 at noon: Join us in the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard for a Pledge signing ceremony with political, corporate and community leaders.
- June 18, 2016: DVSSP will promote the Pledge at the Tri-county Football Coaches Association all-star game at Washington High Stadium.
- June 19, 2016: DVSSP is conducting a Pledge signing event at the Washington Wildthings game.
- Father’s Day, June 19, 2016: Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Washington Observer-Reporter– watch for an op ed and ad featuring local leaders who signed the Pledge.
- June 19, 2016: East Liberty Presbyterian Church will invite those attending its 10:00 a.m. worship service to recite and sign the Father’s Day Pledge. During prayer time the congregation will lift up the goal of ending domestic violence and pray for victims and survivors of abuse.
Let us know if you have scheduled a Father’s Day Pledge event so we can add it to our calendar!
In Pittsburgh, activities led by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and a steering committee of local leaders:
- June 13, 2015: PNC Park, Pirates vs Phillies – The Pittsburgh Pirates demonstrate their commitment to the Pledge. Join us for the Block Party on Federal Street before the 4:05 game and purchase game tickets so you can be part of the celebration! It will include a Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence pre-game ceremony, info tables from local DV programs, NO MORE PSAs from the Pirates and the Phillies, conversation starters for parents in the program, and opportunities for attendees to sign the Pledge.
- June 15, 2015: Statewide Father’s Day Pledge signing drive.
- June 19, 2015: Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard, 436 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh. Join Government, corporate and civic leaders in signing the Pledge and taking action to end domestic and sexual violence. RSVP Now.
- Father’s Day, June 21, 2015: Pittsburgh Post Gazette – watch for the op ed by Bob Pompeani and ad featuring local leaders who signed the pledge.
Media coverage of Father’s Day Pledge events:
With Father’s Day Pledge, Initiative Encourages Taking A Stand Against Domestic Violence. Emma Gross. Aired on WESA on June 12, 2015.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has developed a toolkit and educational materials to assist community groups to implement their own Father’s Day Pledge activities.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is also excited to announce that the Pledge will be held for the first time in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies, and in Harrisburg in partnership with the Senators!
2014 – the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence started in Pittsburgh!
The Father’s Day Pledge started as a partnership between FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and focused on raising awareness:
- Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, authored an op ed in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Step Up Fathers: All Men Must Help Stop Violence Against Women
- Full page ad in the Post Gazette signed by Mayor Bill Peduto, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, Governor Tom Corbett, and more than 40 other local leaders.