Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:
- To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
- To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.
Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.
This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2015 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.
Our fifth “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Eoin Loughrey from the UK.
The Dad Bio
I am a proud first time Dad to my baby daughter, Iris. She is three months old and she is great. I love football and I can’t wait to take her for a kickabout at the park when she is older. I am an animator working in the games industry, currently working on a PS4 game. I am Irish but have been living in the UK for ten years. I live in the Midlands with my wife, our daughter and our two cats.
1. What is the best thing about being a dad?
The amount of love you feel for your child. The first time they smile at you is incredible. It also adds a new dimension to your relationship with your partner. You have a new respect for each other and it’s interesting to see how well you can work together as a team.
2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?
My parents have an equal partnership and treat each other with respect and that has influenced how I treat people. I’m finding it hard to give specific examples for this question but my parents have always made decisions together and they split work around the house fairly.
3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?
I think men need to not remain silent if someone is, for example, talking in a derogatory way about women.
Men also need to lead by example and get involved: They can set a good example to their children by doing their share of domestic chores. They can encourage their children to play games and build interests in things that are not traditionally assigned to their gender.
Violence against women can only be stopped if everyone takes the issue seriously.