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“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 3 – Leonard Storm Warren, 45, USA

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 third “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Leonard Storm Warren from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

I have a total of 5 children – 2 of which are adults now, a teenager who is 15, and 2 small children residing in the home with me. For years, I was a touring musical artist from 1998, till around 2012. When I had my last child (my son), I decided that it was time to become a totally dedicated father, and husband. Leaving the music life was one of the most difficult decisions that I’d ever had to make, but oh so worth it in terms of family value! I took up photography and videography. This allowed me to fill that void of needing to be an artist. To this day, my children and wife are very pleased with me,  they look up to me more now than ever before, and I in turn, try to be the best father and husband that I can be! 

1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best thing about being a dad is how valuable I am to my children. They learn most of their first things with me and I get to experience so many first accomplishments with them too.  As a Dad, I get to teach fundamentals that will assist my children as they learn to walk, then walk through life on their own, and they in turn pass these lessons down to their children too. When I hear my children calling me “Dad”, when I see the love that they have for me in their eyes, I know that I am their hero, and that means more to me than ANY amount of fame or money that I could ever possess. I thank God that I am healthy, I am happy, and I am in love… with my children.

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 father was pretty young when I was conceived. I remember him being there as much as he could. Mother and him were not married; they were just children themselves. I spent quite a few years with my father (away from mother). My dad was always a hardworking man. He always treated his woman like a queen. He had very low tolerance for playing around in school and disrespect at home. These are traits I adopted and passed on to my children as I began having a family.

The role never ends though, and as you get older, the situations change, like the times. The issues that a dad faces three years ago with this child, will be very different from the way a dad needs to deal with this same issue from his child this year. There is no manual to rearing a child. You gotta get in there and try to make the very best decisions for them – ones that will be fair, concise and intelligent.

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 believe fathers and older men can do this by showing young boys, young fathers, and young men that they don’t have to play the role of being overtly “Hard”. Society has bogged us down with the ideology that you must be HARD all the time.

I have heard so many people tell young people to say ‘please’, or ‘thank you’, and the kids act like it is a really difficult thing to say. I mean really? And music, media, all things around us seem to have a campaign to glorify the Bad Boy image. I truly believe that these things are really hurting our young men too. We are conditioning our children that it is wrong to outward and compassionate emotion, and to me that is wrong.

CAMPAIGN INTERVIEW: Guy Gavriel Kay

The Pixel Project and Guy Gavriel Kay, award-winning bestselling author of The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy and Sarantium diptych, are proud to jointly present the Double Drabble Pixel Fundraiser in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to raise US$1 million in aid of The Pixel Project and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Double Drabble Pixel Fundraiser runs from 1 May – 14 May 2014. Donors who donate US$50 will have a choice of one of the Drabbles and donors who donate US$75 will receive both Drabbles. Supporters are happily urged to acquire both Drabbles at the discounted donation level and they can make their donations online via the Pixel Reveal campaign donation page or the Razoo donation page for the campaign.

Mr Kay took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about why he supports The Pixel Project and the importance of stopping violence against women.

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1. Why is ending violence against women important to you and why did you decide to take action about it by supporting The Pixel Project?

I have long believed that one of the true measures of any society or culture is how it recognises and benefits from the status of women. Violence is utterly antithetical to that. This campaign is a natural fit for my lifelong views on the subject.

2. You have very generously written two exclusive Drabbles (100-word stories) for the Double Drabble Pixel Reveal Fundraiser in support of The Pixel Project’s Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign. What do you think authors can do to help stop violence against women?

Authors – male or female – are people first. We have no ‘special’ status, only a shared responsibility to our world, and to the next generation. Those of us with some level, however modest, of name recognition and people who respect our work and thought, can use that good fortune to share our views and invite readers to support the causes that matter to us.

3. As a father and a prominent author, what do you think men can do to help stop violence against women?

Education, enlightenment, awareness, respect. Part of parenting is the attempt to instill important values in our children. The notion that violence against women, worldwide, and in our own communities, is unacceptable is one of the things we need to convey. Person by person, generation by generation, we can change the way people think and act.

Credits: Author’s portrait by Samantha Kidd Photography.

LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT: The Guy Gavriel Kay Double Drabble Pixel Fundraiser

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1 MAY 2014 (WORLDWIDE): The Pixel Project and Guy Gavriel Kay, award-winning bestselling author of The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy and Sarantium diptych, are proud to jointly present the Double Drabble Pixel Fundraiser in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to raise US$1 million in aid of The Pixel Project and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Double Drabble Pixel Fundraiser will run from 1 May – 14 May 2014.

Mr Kay has written two exclusive 100-word Drabbles (100-word stories) for The Pixel Project. One takes place after the conclusion of his Sarantine Mosaic, two novels inspired by 6th century Byzantium. Because this has an implicit ‘spoiler’ effect for those who haven’t read the books, he is also offering a Drabble that takes place before the opening of The Summer Tree, the first volume in his high fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. There is a motif that links both Drabbles.

Donors who donate US$50 will have a choice of one of the Drabbles and donors who donate US$75 will receive both Drabbles. Supporters are happily urged to acquire both Drabbles at the discounted donation level and they can make their donations online via the Pixel Reveal campaign donation page (http://reveal.thepixelproject.net/buy-pixels/) or the Razoo donation page for the campaign (http://www.razoo.com/story/Pixel-Reveal). All donors will be sent their Drabble(s) within one week after the end of the fundraiser.

Mr Kay said: “The Pixel Project, a nonprofit resisting violence against women worldwide, deserves endorsement – and it has mine. One of the measures of a culture for me is the treatment of women in that society. I’m pleased to contribute these two ‘themed’ short pieces for this fundraiser, and urge my readers to add their support.”

The Pixel Reveal campaign rallies the global audience to unveil an online million-pixel mystery collage of world-exclusive celebrity male role model portraits by donating US$1 per pixel. For example: the $75 donation would reveal 75 pixels. As more pixels are revealed, the cover picture will fade out to uncover the portraits underneath it. When a celebrity male role model is fully revealed, an exclusive anti-VAW public service announcement from him will be launched to help trigger conversations about VAW and inspire men and boys to take action to stop VAW. The distinguished line-up includes a Nobel Laureate, a two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and superstar Environmentalist.

Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Mr Kay who is a superb author and an excellent male role model himself. It is our hope that Mr Kay’s support of the cause to end violence against women will inspire fans of his acclaimed books, the wider Science Fiction and Fantasy community, and book lovers worldwide to not only donate generously, but also begin taking action to stop the violence in their communities wherever they are in the world.”

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To donate to the campaign, visit either of these pages:

For further information about the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign: http://reveal.thepixelproject.net

For further information, please contact:

Maria Del Rio – Project Assistant, The Pixel Project:

About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using  a combination of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts. Their flagship initiative is the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to turbo-charge global awareness about VAW using social media while raising US$1 million by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

About Guy Gavriel Kay (www.brightweavings.com and www.guygavrielkay.ca)

Guy Gavriel Kay is the author of twelve novels (most recently River of Stars), and a book of poetry. He has written book reviews and social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada, and The Guardian in England. Translations of his fiction exceed twenty-five languages and his books have appeared on bestseller lists in many countries. Kay has spoken and read on behalf of his publishers and at literary events around the world. He was been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic.

Artist credits:

  • The Sarantium series – Cathy MacLean; Publisher: Penguin Canada
  • The Fionavar Tapestry cover – Ted Nasmith; Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Author portrait – Samantha Kidd Photography

The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Ali Handal

As part of  The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our third featured artiste is Ali Handal. Singer, songwriter & lead guitarist Ali Handal has graced stages from L.A. to Australia, Japan and beyond; she’s sung on a Neil Young album, written & performed with Paul Williams, danced with Janet Jackson, performed at Neverland Valley Ranch, heard her songs in TV shows like “Sex In The City,” “iCarly” and “Dawson’s Creek,” performed at the opening of the Les Paul Museum Exhibit, and demonstrated guitars on “The Price Is Right.”  Recently, Hal Leonard publishing released Ali’s own Guitar Method book: “Guitar For Girls.” You can follow Ali’s updates on Facebook and check out her videos on YouTube.

Ali contributed her song, “I’m Here” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that 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 here.

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Ali HandalTell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Project
s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.                  

I love that this project is an innovative, internet-based way to raise awareness, and involves several other artists I admire. I wanted to be a part of the solution and raise my voice along with 29 other phenomenal artistes in The Pixel Project’s month-long awareness-building campaign.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

I think it’s important to raise awareness and join in a call to action in ending violence against women. I’m generally a peaceful person and don’t favour violence against anyone, and, especially as a feminist, I believe it’s very important to raise the consciousness of WOMEN to not tolerate any kind of abuse.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?      

Music, and the arts in general, can be very powerful.  I remember when I was young, I saw the movie “Thelma and Louise,” and in the film, Louise says to Thelma (in regards to her abusive husband), “You get what you settle for.” As a young woman, that movie, and that statement in particular, impacted me STRONGLY, and I was very choosy when it came to who I chose to marry later in life (hint: I didn’t settle!). Now, years later, I’ve written a song called “You Get What You Settle For” in order to pass along that same inspiration I received from “Thelma and Louise.”
I believe that including these types of empowering and encouraging messages throughout the arts is a wonderful, supportive way of encouraging women to make healthy choices regarding the people they surround themselves with, and the types of behaviour they will – and will not — tolerate.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Musical artists can continue to write and record powerful songs that encourage women to know their worth, and know that no matter how they are feeling, it is NEVER okay for anyone to hurt or abuse them.  Both male and female artists have different strengths and viewpoints to offer – I think it’s wonderful that both men and women are involved in this crusade to end violence against women.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Adam Web

As part of  The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our second featured artiste is Adam Web. Adam Web = optimistic acoustic funk. Though living in Philadelphia, PA, his career began about 10,000 miles across the world in Australia.  It was here, while studying abroad, that Adam began writing of his inspiring travels and experiences. The music that emerged was shaped with percussive guitar grooves, soulful vocals, and spiritually conscious sentiment. With his rootsy approach he has drawn comparisons to such contemporaries as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Jason Mraz, but still maintains a definitive sound of his own. This sound has made its way across the U.S with his last album “Once We Were Stars” being played on over 100 college radio stations in 2010.  It also caught the ears of 2 major TV networks, as his single “Standstill” was used in an episode of MTV’s “The Real World Las Vegas (2011)” and his song “Life is My Play” was used on Oxygen’s “The  Bad Girls Club (2011)”.  Through multiple tours, Adam has performed in 14 states across the country including such festivals as South by Southwest  (Austin, TX) and Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA).  He has performed at such prominent venues as the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, TN and MilkboyPhilly in Philadelphia, PA. Follow Adam’s updates and videos on Facebook and YouTube.

Adam has written the song “A Toast To All You Do” especially for the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that 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 here.

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Adam WebTell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.                  

When I was asked to join The Pixel Project’s “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project I was very excited to participate. I write many songs filled with positivity, hope, and love, but didn’t have one that truly worked for this setting. So, I decided to write a song about the importance of women in our lives. Using my mother and my wife as my inspiration, I thought about what the world would be like with out them. My conclusion was that it would be a world completely out of balance. It would be a world severely lacking love and compassion. I decided to take part in this project, because I feel the need to celebrate women and their ever important role in our lives.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

I think that when we envision any of the important women in our lives in danger, our protective nature kicks in. If we can expand these feelings beyond our immediate families and friends to that of all woman across the world, amazing things can happen. Ultimately I feel that a shift in consciousness changes the world and I want to be a part of that change. I want to help restore balance in this world, and that cannot happen if women are suppressed and harmed.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?      

If you are trying to spread a message that needs to reach many nations and languages, you’ll need to have something that can universally speak to everyone. I believe that music bridges these gaps.  Even if the lyrics are written in a specific language, the music, melodies, and emotion felt in the delivery of the song can speak volumes to the listener. We can raise awareness about the issue of violence against women through this universal language.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Musicians can use their voice. They can weave their message throughout their songs and use their story telling abilities to help people relate to what they are saying. They can raise awareness that this issue exists all over the world spanning all cultures and races. Starting a conversation is such an important step in beginning the healing process for an issue like ending violence against women. The more we talk, the more opportunities there are for creating solutions and music can be the spark that get’s people talking.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – AHMIR

As part of The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days“ project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our first featured artiste is AHMIR, The Pixel Project’s YouTube ambassador. As featured in Us Weekly, Billboard, Vibe.com and AOL Entertainment, AHMIR is the #1 Most Popular R&B Group on YouTube with over 70 million video views and comments by celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Perez Hilton, P!nk and more. The group has used their success to bring awareness to charity organisations including Lucy’s Love Bus, Haiti Relief Fund, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, YMCA, The Pixel Project, and Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. Their cover video of P!nk’s “Perfect” was named one of the top Anti-Bullying PSA’s by The Huffington Post. Follow AHMIR’s updates and videos on Facebook and YouTube.  AHMIR is now signed to Robbins Entertainment and have just released their debut single entitled “WAR” to Top 40 radio nationwide. “WAR” is available now for purchase on iTunes.

AHMIR’s song for the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project is their version of Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”. This is their second anti-Violence Against Women music video PSA for The Pixel Project. The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project was held in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that 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 here.

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AHMIR

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.                  

Sing-SingThrough YouTube, we understand that we have become role models to many people. Realising that millions of people are watching and listening to our music, we know that we can influence and make a difference to many people all over the world. This ability to touch people through our work on YouTube at anytime and anywhere is what truly inspires us and made us want to take part in the 30/30/30 campaign with our video cover of Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

KC: When I was a kid, I witnessed domestic violence in my home. The situation caused me to feel unsafe. I grew up with the notion that violence was not only tolerated, but accepted in my family. As I reached my teen years and watched the females in my family battle such violence, I began to realize that just because a person is physically stronger than you, it does not give them the right to enforce their will against you. I understand how a man treats a young woman early on in life will affect them for the rest of their life. It is important that we teach young men how to treat women properly.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?      

Mr. Jones: The powers of melody and harmony have the ability to compliment the sentiment behind just words. Words can definitely be powerful, but music helps to amplify the message that is being communicated.  Music is a powerful, powerful tool.  Unfortunately, it’s a tool that is often used to convey messages that aren’t crucial to human growth.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Big Mike: Musicians have a captive audience that listen to the words sung in their songs. The songs move your mind and soul to laugh, cry, dance, etc.  Therefore, musicians should feel it is a privilege to use their unique talents to help raise awareness to end violence against women. You don’t need to change the world, but you have a special platform to perhaps help one young woman out there who is crying inside with pain and feeling hopeless. You can help be that beacon of light to show them that there are supporters and people who care and want you to be a survivor.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The Celebrity Male Role Model Campaign: Ending Violence Against Women, One Pixel At A Time

8 MARCH 2014 (WORLDWIDE): The Pixel Project is proud to launch the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign  on International Women’s Day (8 March 2014). This campaign aims to raise US$1 million in aid of the U.S.A.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.ncadv.org) and The Pixel Project while highlighting the important role men and boys play in stopping Violence Against Women (VAW). The campaign will launch with a series of live Google Hangouts featuring prominent anti-VAW activists and popular authors.

The Pixel Reveal campaign rallies the global audience to collectively unveil an online million-pixel mystery collage of world-exclusive celebrity male role model portraits by donating US$1 per pixel. Each donation triggers the automatic reveal of the equivalent number of pixels. For example, a $10 donation will trigger the reveal of 10 pixels. As more pixels are revealed, the cover picture will fade out to uncover the portraits underneath it. When a celebrity male role model is revealed, an exclusive anti-VAW public service announcement from him will be launched. The distinguished line-up includes a Nobel Laureate, a two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and superstar Environmentalist; and their portraits are taken by award-winning international photographer, Jillian Edelstein. Donations start at as little as $10.

Through the Pixel Reveal campaign, The Pixel Project is working to accelerate a major paradigm change that is crucial for efforts to end VAW by highlighting positive male role models to inspire men and boys to join the anti-VAW movement. VAW has always been stereotyped as a ‘women’s issue’. In reality, it is a human rights issue that impacts families and communities. Men may be the majority of perpetrators of VAW, but good, non-violent men far outnumber them and have largely remained silent on the issue. For VAW to end, these men need to be involved in efforts to end the violence. The Pixel Reveal campaign intends to do just that by triggering conversations about VAW worldwide and inspiring men and boys to take action to stop VAW in their communities.

reveal-google-hangouts-2014-slide1To launch the campaign, a special series of live Google Hangouts will be held between 8 – 31 March 2014 to kick-start conversations about VAW and to encourage donations in support of the campaign. Anti-VAW activist speakers taking part include UN Women, The Pixel Project, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the White Ribbon Campaign, Stop Street Harassment, renowned feminist activists and writers Jaclyn Friedman and Soraya Chemaly, a panel of smartphone safety app experts (Circle of 6, PFO tech) and a panel of documentary filmmakers who focus on the issue of VAW (Evan Grae Davis, Lisa F. Jackson). The bestselling and award-winning authors doing readings with Q&A sessions in support of the campaign include Cornelia Funke, Isaac Marion, Jacqueline Carey, and Kelley Armstrong.

Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “Violence against women is one of the most widespread and entrenched human rights violations in the world and The Pixel Project is delighted that our world-famous male role models, fellow activists, allies, and acclaimed authors have stepped up to join us in raising much-needed funds and widespread support for this cause. Violence against women has long been seen as a women’s issue instead of the community and cultural issue that it is, and we hope this campaign will change this by galvanising men and boys to join the cause.”

Rita Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence said: The Pixel Project’s Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign is an amazing and creative idea to help us engage more male allies, share information across the globe to those in need, and connect with activists around the world working to end violence against women. We must join together if we ever hope to reduce these kinds of crimes, and we are thrilled to be partnering with The Pixel Project on this journey.

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For further information, please contact:

Regina Yau – The Pixel Project:

Rita Smith – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

Pixel Project ThumbnailThe Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 non-profit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using the power of the internet, social media, new technologies and popular culture/the arts. Their flagship campaign, the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, aims to raise US$1 million for the U.S.A.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

 

About the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.ncadv.org)

NCADV-logoartThe mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organise for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives. The survivor led and survivor focused National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has worked for more than thirty-five years to end violence against women by raising awareness and educating the public about the effects of domestic abuse. Our work includes developing and sustaining ground-breaking public policy at the national level aimed at ending violence; assisting the 2,000+ urban and rural shelters and programs at the local, state, and regional levels of the nation in the programming they offer to victims seeking safety and assistance; and offering programming that empowers and supports the long-term health and safety of victims of domestic violence. Currently, our constituency encompasses more than 70,000 programs, survivors, advocates, and allied individuals and is growing daily.  Learn more about us at: www.ncadv.org.