One of the most powerful ways boys can change the world is by pledging to be against violence, and committing themselves to standing up for victims. This song, produced by BYDS, highlights a group of boys learning the importance of respecting women and girls, and by doing such, becoming empowered to be a positive influence to combat violence. Remember, boys and men don't have to be the villains of the story. Workshops like this teach boys how to be true heroes by respecting girls and standing up for victims of violence.
"Throughout 2016, BYDS’ Craig Taunton & Zainab Kadhim ran weekly workshops with a group of years 5 & 6 boys at Georges Hall Public School. The workshops resulted in a song that reflected the boys' new understanding of gender violence and how men and boys can take a part in ending that in Australia. The boys performed this song at the FACS Domestic Violence Conference in Sydney and also at their school on White Ribbon Day 2016.
This original song, “Boys & Girls Are Equal” encapsulates the anti-violence philosophy behind the RESPECT program and has led to a huge growth in awareness and performance skills in the participating boys as well as a great public outcome."