Network of Men Leaders

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15
June
2009

National network of men-leaders against violence

In 2009 the International Women’s Day was celebrated all around the world with the slogan “Women and Men united to end violence against women”. 
On the eve of the International Women’s Day, the Organizational committee of “Stop Violence!” National campaign addressed Ukrainian men, that play a leading role in our society and asked them to join the National network of men-leaders against violence. 
Men that have reached a certain level of success can be a good example for others. The members of the committee are convinced that Ukrainian men will listen to famous sportsmen, national artists and politicians.
Among the first men to join the network: Mr. Mykola Tomenko, Vice-Speaker of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament of Ukraine), Mr. Yuriy Pavlenko, Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports, Mr. Mykola Onischuk, Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Mr. Sergiy Bubka, President of National Olympic committee of Ukraine and Olympic champion, Mr. Oleg Lisogor, multiple World and Europe champion in swimming, Mr. Denis Silantyev, Olympic Prizewinner in swimming, Mr. Bogdan Benuk, national artist of Ukraine and many others.
The campaign is supported by the network of centres “Men against violence” and by the network of “Fatherhood schools”

“Violence committed against women and children does not only concern women and children. It is a problem of the whole society. We should stop silencing and avoiding this problem. We are able to fight it on a national level.” 
Mr. Mykola Tomenko, Vice-Speaker of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

«Violence against women is a threat to human development, it makes a devastating impact on women, on their families and on society as a whole. We all should remember that when dealing with violence, silence means complicity».
Mr. Yuriy Pavlenko, Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports

“I am sure the “Stop Violence!” Campaign will stir our society and will force people to think about the horrendous issue of domestic violence and act against it.” 
 Mr. Sergiy Bubka, President of National Olympic committee of Ukraine and Olympic champion.

“We have everything we need to form a non-violent world vision in our society. It is important to develop a zero tolerance policy towards domestic violence.” 
Mykola Onischuk, Minister of Justice of Ukraine

“In my family all male generations showed a profound respect to women. Now, it is impossible for me to imagine a violent behavior towards a woman. I think it is necessary to propose new models of behavior to people who came in contact with violence. A special attention should be given to education.”
Mr. Denis Silantyev, Olympic Prizewinner in swimming

“Today our society encounters violence on TV screens, on advertising, everywhere. It is very important to create another stream of positive non-violent information and show our society that it is possible to overcome violence. I believe sportsmen will not stay indifferent to this problem and many of them will join the network of men-leaders against violence.” 
Mr. Oleg Lisogor, multiple World and Europe champion in swimming
 

Current Members of the Network 

 
 

 

Bogdan Benuk

National artist of Ukraine

 

Sergiy Bubka

President of National Olympic committee of Ukraine and Olympic champion

 

Andriy Drevitskiy 

Head of the Political Party The Party Public Rule

 

Andriy Gusin

Football player

 

Oleg Lisogor

Multiple World and Europe champion in swimming

 

Ivan Malkovych

Founder of the publishing house "A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha"

 

Olexander Marchenko

President of the International Fatherhood Centre

 

Volodymyr Maruschenko

Member of Parliament of Ukraine

 

Mykola Onischuk

Minister of Justice of Ukraine

(2007-2010)

 

Yuriy Pavlenko

Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports

(2007-2010)

 

Denis Silantyev

Olympic Prizewinner in swimming

 

Volodymyr Stretovych

Head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Party, Member of Parliament of Ukraine

 

Ostap Stupka

National artist of Ukraine

 

Mykola Tomenko

Vice-Speaker of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

 

Danylo Yanevsky

Honoured journalist of Ukraine