“Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. Every nine seconds. Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation. This is a call to action—not an action that will make things better in six months’ time or a year’s time, but action that might save someone’s life and someone’s future this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow morning.”
– I’m still on vacation in Paris, but I always can find time to post about my favorite Starfleet captain — Captain Jean Luc Picard, I mean. Sir Patrick Stewart, who of course portrayed Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was the host for the launch of “Ring The Bell,” a global campaign calling on one million men to make one million “concrete, actionable promises” to end violence against women. Stewart also spoke from his own experience with domestic violence, which he witnessed between his mother and father as a child.
“I became an expert. I knew exactly when to open a door and insert myself between my father’s fist and my mother’s body. … The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father—and even if she had, responding with violence is not an acceptable way with dealing with conflict.”
I especially love the focus of the “Ring The Bell” campaign for putting the onus on men to end violence against women. Other famous men who are involved with campaign include Sir Richard Branson, Michael Bolton, and Don McPherson, a former NFL quarterback and college football hall-of-famer, who compared this cause to the fight to end racism. ”White people confronted white people to fight racism,” he said. “Men need to confront men.” As Captain Picard would say, “Make it so.”