Patrick Stewart is launching a campaign called Ring the Bell where he calls for one million men to promise to take concrete action in combating the violence against women...he says "Men need to confront men" to end the abuse against women. When men step up to the plate and confront the violence caused by their behavior there is hope for change.

Sir Patrick Stewart calls on ‘one million men’ to promise an end to violence against women

NEW YORK—Sir Patrick Stewart stood in the center of the Diplomat Ballroom at the UN Hotel here on Friday, pounding his fist methodically against a podium, each thump punctuated with a number ("One ... two ... three ...") until he got to nine.
"Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States," Stewart said.
The 72-year-old British-born actor, best known for his roles in "X-Men" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," served as 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.


"Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation," Stewart said.
"This is a call to action—not an act that will make things better in six months or a year's time," he continued. "This is action that might save a life today, or tonight, or tomorrow."


The event—coinciding with International Women's Day and the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations headquarters—was attended by about 200 assorted actors, activists, politicians, filmmakers and musicians, including Michael Bolton, who fought back tears while talking about his work lobbying for the extension of the Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress earlier this week.


"We will continue to battle," Bolton, a father of three daughters, said. Continue reading...