International Conference on Men’s Issues

July 20 to 22, 2018 - London, UK
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International Conference on Men's Issues (2018)

The fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI18) will be held in London over July 20 to 22, 2018, the long weekend after the weekend in which the World Cup final will be played. The venue is of a similar quality to the one where ICMI16 was held, a venue which received universal praise from conference attendees. Following the experience with Birmingham City FC, the location of the venue will be kept confidential, revealed to ticket holders only, shortly before the event.

Many of those who were at ICMI16 report that in addition to enjoying the talks, much of the pleasure they derived from the conference related to socialising with like-minded people over the three days, especially in the evenings.

Attendees at the International Conference on Men’s Issues will be able to enjoy dinners on the first two evenings, with details of menus and ticket prices emailed to ticket holders a month before the event. During the first dinner, Paul Elam will be presented with the Churchill award.

Men’s issues

Public understanding of the issues impacting adversely on the lives of men and boys, and the roles feminists play in most of them, is growing by the day.

If you wish to learn more about these issues, a good starting point may be our 2015 general election manifesto, which covered 20 areas where the human rights of men and/or boys are assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state, almost always to advantage women and/or girls. In the UK today, the human rights of women and girls specifically are assaulted by the state in no areas.

A selection from the 20 areas:

Non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors (Male Genital Mutilation) – The procedure is undoubtedly illegal in the UK, but Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, declined to answer our FOI request, which asked why the police are not prosecuting the practitioners. MGM also breaches numerous Articles of European Union and United Nations conventions.

Educational attainment – Males have been falling behind females throughout the education system for many years. Women are given financial assistance denied to men, e.g. at Brunel University, only women doing one-year-long MSc courses in Engineering are given an additional £22,750.

Employment – Anti-male discrimination in recruitment and promotion.

Domestic violence – Male victims are denied support. Virtually all refuge places are allocated to women and children.

Children – Denied access to their fathers and paternal grandparents following family breakdowns.

Fathers and paternal grandparents – Denied access to their children and grandchildren following family breakdowns.

Armed Forces veterans – Denied adequate support for dealing with mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Homelessness – Almost 90% of street homeless are men.

Suicide – The male:female suicide rate ratio has increased from 1.7:1 to 3.5:1 in 30 years.

Prison sentencing – Five out of six men in British prisons wouldn’t be there if men were sentenced as leniently as women for the same crimes.

Paternity fraud – The Crown never prosecutes women committing this crime, even when it has proof of their guilt from paternity tests.

Anonymity for suspected sex offenders – Meen’s lives are ruined by false rape allegations. The men’s accusers enjoy anonymity, while the men don’t.

Divorce – Financially crippling settlements still demanded from men.

Healthcare provision – Two national screening programmes for female-specific cancers, none for male-specific cancers, although as many men die from prostate cancer, as women die from breast cancer.

Political representation – All-women shortlists, women preferenced for ministerial positions. Jess Phillips (a Labour MP selected from an all-women shortlist) tried to block the application of Philip Davies (a Conservative MP) to hold the first debate on men’s issues ever to be held in Parliament, on International Men’s Day, November 19, 2015. Happily, the debate went ahead, anyway. Ms Phillips won a ‘Toxic Feminist of the Month’ award in recognition of her attempt to block it.

State intervention in director appointments – The government continues to bully FTSE companies into appointing more female directors, although longitudinal studies show a causal link between increasing female representation on corporate boards and financial decline. Mike Buchanan presented that evidence to House of Commons and House of Lords inquiries in 2012.

Speakers

Hosting the fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues will be …

Mike Buchanan Party leader, Justice for Men & Boys – “Men’s and boys’ human rights violations will end when female privilege ends.” Mike is a British anti-feminist author and Men’s Rights Activist. His latest book is Feminism: The Ugly Truth. He launched J4MB in 2013. It remains the only political party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys on many fronts. He also runs Campaign for Merit in Business.

Paul Elam Founder and publisher, A Voice for Men – “The Men’s Movement: Past, present and future.” (Keynote speech.) Paul is an American, and the most well-known Men’s Rights Activist in the world. A former mental health professional, he launched A Voice for Men (AVfM) in 2009, and An Ear for Men in 2015. AVfM has long been the most-visited and most influential website in the world advocating for men’s human rights.

Other speakers, in surname alphabetical order, include:

Professor Gerhard Amendt – “Partner violence: From re-education of offenders towards an analysis of partner dynamics.” Gerhard is Professor emeritus for gender and generation research at the University of Bremen; author of several books and articles; researcher on divorced fathers; WHO advisor; editor/publisher of the German edition of Family Interventions in Domestic Violence; contributor to New Male Studies; and member of Agens e.V., an NGO.

Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) – Carl is an internationally famous British vlogger, producing YouTube videos under the pseudonym Sargon of Akkad. His YouTube website has over 700,000 followers. His channel first drew attention to itself during the Gamergate controversy in 2014, when he argued in one of his videos that members of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) were actively plotting to influence video game development to conform to their ideological feminist agendas. In 2015 he posted the video “Why do people hate feminism?”

Belinda Brown – “Preparing the way for a future free of feminism.” Belinda is a Men’s Rights Activist who has been speaking and writing on men’s issues, family issues, and the problems of feminism, for some years. She writes mainly for The Conservative Woman and the Daily Mail, appears on television and radio, and speaks and debates for a range of audiences.

William Collins – “Men and boys in the UK: Edited lowlights.” William Collins blogs on mra-uk.co.uk. He is a professional engineer and theoretical physicist. He has recently discovered that ‘retired’ means ‘differently employed.’ He has been married since forever and has two 30-plus sons. He used to have no interest in politics but has reluctantly accepted that there are times when apathy is morally unacceptable.

Janice Fiamengo, Professor, Department of English, Ottawa University – “The demonization of young men: Campus sexual misconduct tribunals.” Janice is a strident Canadian supporter of free speech, and an advocate for gender fairness. She is producing a series of anti-feminist videos called The Fiamengo File. One was titled, “Why I am an anti-feminist.”

Rev. Jules Gomes, ‘The Rebel Priest’ – “Singing in the ruins: How feminists have destroyed the Church of England beyond repair.” Dr Jules Gomes is a journalist and academic. He writes for The Conservative Woman and is the religious affairs correspondent for Virtue Online. He became conscious of the feminist cancer in the Church of England when feminists began to hijack synod. Jules has a doctorate from Cambridge University and has taught at universities in India and England.

Anil Kumar – Save Indian Family Foundation – Anil founded India’s first men’s community centres in New Delhi and Bangalore. He’s testified twice before Parliamentary inquiries. His community centre website is www.confidareindia.com. SIFF’s NGO (charitable trust) website is www.saveindianfamily.org.

Nick Langford – “An exercise in utter futility: How feminism, falsehood and myth changed the landscape of family law.” Nick is an author and has worked as a lighting technician and designer in theatre and television. He currently teaches. He began researching the issues confronting men and boys on behalf of F4J which he joined while pursuing a contact application. His interest outlasted his membership, he now blogs at exinjuria.wordpress.com.

Ian McNicholl – “My journey from victim to survivor.” Between September 2006 and May 2008 Ian migrated from being a picture of health, a home owner, a successful businessman who was financially comfortable, to a permanently scarred, registered disabled, homeless benefits claimant, on the verge of bankruptcy. Domestic abuse was the sole cause of this transformation.

Karen Straughan – “Why women must consign feminism to the dustbin of history.” Karen (GirlWritesWhat) is a Canadian anti-feminist who has been writing and video blogging on gender issues since 2010. Her widely-admired videos have raised the consciousness about gender issues and feminism of huge numbers of people.

Alison Tieman – “How compassion for men shapes civilization.” Alison is a Canadian Men’s Rights Advocate. She founded Honey Badger Radio in 2013, as a podcast focusing on women bringing attention to men’s issues. Honey Badger Radio has since grown into the largest collaborative YouTube channel talking about gender and politics from a position inclusive of men’s issues.

Tom Todd – “Beyond (wo)men’s rights: fragments of a new paradigm for gender politics.” Tom has been preoccupied with family law, psychology, evolutionary biology, gender and family politics for many years. Co-organizer of the first European conference on family violence research and its uses for counselling and health experts (2018). He’s the vice-chair of the German NGO Agens e.V. – men and women together.

A number of well-known individuals will be attending the conference, but not giving speeches. They include:

  • Erin Pizzey
  • Mark Pearson
  • Barry Wright
  • Dr Randomercam

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