Elizabeth Hobson and Hannah Wallen to speak about female violence at ICMI21, joint live Q&A

I am pleased to report that both Elizabeth Hobson and Hannah Wallen will be giving presentations on female violence at this conference. Eli’s talk is titled, “Women’s violence and why they get away with it”, Hannah’s, “Female Violence and the Accountability Gap”.

One video will follow the other, then Eli and Hannah will have a joint live Q&A of almost two hours’ duration, hosted by Chris Votey and Vernon Meigs. The videos and live Q&A will be a treat, I’m sure.

What the heck can men be doing about abortion?

We’re pleased to announce another speaker on abortion at this event, Christian Hacking. His speaker profile:

Christian Hacking is the parliamentary liaison officer for the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK, an organisation set up to educate the British public on the humanity and value of unborn children and the reality of abortion. By employing tried and tested principles of social reform history CBR UK are the only UK pro life group with a clear and accessible public strategy for the abolition of abortion. His talk will examine the scientific basis for the humanity of unborn children, describe what really happens to them in every “safe” abortion procedure, and finally show the clear role men must play to end this shedding of innocent blood in the UK for good.

CBRUK published the video How to end Abortion.

Christian has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Three Counties Radio and LBC. He is married to Esther and has three wonderful children. When he is not found campaigning to end abortion he can be found brewing beer, replacing i-phone screens or identifying mushrooms badly.

 

Henry Smith MP (C, Crawley) – second Conservative MP at ICMI21

I am pleased to announce that Henry Smith MP (C, Crawley) has agreed to be a Guest of Honour at ICMI21, the second Conservative MP to do so (the other being Lee Anderson). William Collins and I will interview him in advance, Elizabeth Hobson and I will host his live Q&A.

Henry addressed four penetrating written questions to ministers in June and July of 2021. They’re here, along with the evasive responses:

4 June, 2021

Henry Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the learning gap between girls and boys.

Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Standards) – reply on 21.6.21
The Department recognises, and continues to monitor, the educational attainment gap between girls and boys. We have worked hard over the last decade to embed the reforms needed to raise standards for all children. Thanks to these efforts, the proportion of schools now rated by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding has risen from 68% in 2010 to 86% in 2020.

The Department does not design education policy that exclusively targets certain groups of pupils, including policy based on gender. We are committed to providing high quality education and training for everyone, regardless of their background.

When it comes to raising standards, evidence shows that teachers are the most important in-school factor affecting pupils’ education. The Department has recently announced an investment of over £250 million in our National Professional Qualifications and Early Career Framework programmes which are based on the best available evidence and have been developed in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation. Through this, the Department is committed to helping tackle the educational attainment gap for all pupils.

4 June, 2021

Henry Smith
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of appointing a Minister responsible for male-specific issues.

Kemi Badenoch (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities) – reply on 17.6.21
The Equality Act requires the interests of both sexes to be considered when assessing equality impacts. The Government is focussed on delivering genuine equality of opportunity by addressing the real problems people, whatever their sex, face in their everyday lives using evidence and data.

That is why we recently announced the Equality Data Programme, a comprehensive project to improve equality data, enhance our understanding of equality, and get to the heart of the barriers all people face.

As ministerial appointments are made by the Prime Minister, any changes to ministerial titles would be a matter for him to consider. However, all Equalities Ministers have a responsibility to carefully consider issues affecting men and boys as part of their remit even where this is not necessarily indicated in their job title.

28 June, 2021

Henry Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department is developing to tackle specific health issues affecting men and boys.

Jo Churchill (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care) – reply on 6.7.21
The Department does not have a specific men’s health strategy. Relevant issues are identified and policy developed on a condition specific basis.

5 July, 2021

Henry Smith – reply on 13 July, 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 21 June 2021 to Question 10325 on Education: Gender and with reference to the attainment gap between girl and boys, if he will design education policy to target pupils who are falling behind in their attainment to help close the attainment gap between boys and girls in education.

Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Standards) – reply on 13 July, 2021
The Department recognises, and continues to monitor, the educational attainment gap between girls and boys. We do not design education policy that exclusively targets certain groups of pupils based on gender. The Department is focused on providing world class education and training for everyone, whatever their background.

The Government recognises that extended school and college restrictions have had a substantial impact on children and young people’s education and is committed to helping pupils catch up. The Department has announced over £3 billion to support education recovery and pupil premium is providing over £2.5 billion in the 2021/22 financial year targeted at disadvantaged pupils.

Hollywood comes to ICMI: Greg Ellis, Hollywood actor (and so much more)

We are delighted to announce that Greg Ellis, an English actor and so much more, has accepted our invitation to be a Guest of Honour at this conference.

Greg is the author of The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law – Introduction by Johnny Depp, Foreword by Alec Baldwin – the Amazon #1 Best Seller in three different categories: Divorce, Fatherhood and Suicide. He has taught classes in phenomenology to orphans born with HIV in India, storytelling at the Parva Slum School in Jaipur, practiced shamanic rituals with the Cherokee Nation, purification sweat lodges with the Skidi Tribe, studied affect theory with epistemologist Dr. Gary David, and created ‘The Mindwell Initiative’ with the Global Wellness Institute. He’s a published author, TV director, Annie Award nominated voice artist and Emmy Award® nominated actor who has appeared in Oscar-winning movies, directed Hollywood superstars, produced and written television shows and commercials, performed leading stage roles in Broadway musicals, voiced cartoon characters for movies, TV series, cartoons, over 120 video games and toys, and has recorded multiple albums, singles and soundtracks.

Greg’s major motion picture film credits include billion-dollar franchises like the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Titanic, Star Trek, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Beowulf. TV credits include 24, The X-Files, CSI, Dexter, NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, and more. Under his production company banner, Monkey Toes, Greg has written and directed projects for Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Fry, and produced and directed multiple commercials. He hosts the video podcast series The Voices in My Head, Wiser Life Practices, and The Respondent.

Greg’s online Alive Coaching improvement program helps people address past problems and improve their future, and his official website provides information on all of Greg’s projects, while the multimedia child advocacy series The Respondent aims to inspire family champions through his non-profit organization CPU: Children and Parents United.

Greg has recently interviewed a number of people who are very well known to ICMI attendees, YouTube videos here – Warren Farrell (here and here), Philip Davies MP and Erin Pizzey.

Follow @ellisgreg, @TheRespondent, on Twitter, @realgregellis on Instagram, and Monkey Toes Studio on YT. Join The Respondent Monkey Toes Studio and CPU Clubs on the Clubhouse app @ge, and subscribe to The Respondent on Substack.

Lee Anderson, Conservative MP, to contribute to ICMI21

Philip Davies MP (C, Shipley) has contributed to three ICMIs – London (2016), Chicago (2019) and online (2020). We’re delighted to announce a new Guest of Honour, Lee Anderson MP (C, Ashfield), who will be interviewed by Mike Buchanan and William Collins, as well as engaging in a live Q&A during the event.

A short biography of Lee is on the speakers’ list. His Wikipedia page is here. He’s on the Women & Equalities Committee, to which Philip Davies recently returned.

The seventh International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI21)

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Since 2014, International Conferences on Men’s Issues (ICMIs) have been the meeting place for the global men’s rights movement. 

Following the success of ICMI20, the organizers of the event decided that another major online ICMI would be held from midday, GMT, Thursday, 18 November – midday, Sunday, 21 November, 2021. International Men’s Day is on 19 November. The event will be highly interactive. As well as pre-recorded presentation and interview videos there will be live Q&A sessions, and much more. There will also be ample opportunities for networking with speakers and other attendees, and attendees will be able to set up meeting rooms, and more. We have invested in the market-leading virtual event software to optimise the attendee experience.

I am responsible for organizing online ICMIs and in-person ICMIs in Europe, while Chris Votey is responsible for organizing in-person ICMIs in North America. He plans to hold the next one in 2022, when hopefully Covid-related restrictions will have been relaxed sufficiently to make that a possibility. Robert Brockway is responsible for organizing ICMIs in Australia, Anil Kumar ICMIs in India.

I’ll be devoting more of my time and energy in future organizing and running ICMIs and other offline and online events, because I feel I can best support the fast-growing MRM that way. I worked as a business consultant for the Conservative party over 2006-8, developing and executing a new commercial model for their conferences including the main autumn conferences which have for long been the largest such events in Europe (12,000+ attendees).

The conferences had previously been loss-making, but the new model delivered a profit of £11.4 million to the party over the period  2007-14. In his autobiography For The Record David Cameron, former prime minister, recorded that it was the largest single income stream for the party over the period. Details here.

I’ve established a limited company, MRA International Ltd., to support my events-related work, including ICMIs.

The last conference (ICMI20)

The hugely successful sixth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI20). 120 videos, many of them interviews by the organizers, were posted over the course of five days – on the hour, every hour. 

I’d like to thank my fellow organizers – Elizabeth Hobson (at the time, and until March 2021, the leader of the British political party Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), Tom Caulfield (J4MB Technical Director), Paul Elam, Tom Golden and Robert Brockway. They were all a pleasure to work with throughout the months before ICMI20, and during it.

I’d like to thank everyone who provided a video, or was interviewed on Zoom for the event. The technical quality standards of the videos were generally higher than we were expecting, given that the vast majority of the speakers were not professional video makers, some had never made a video in their lives. It surely goes without saying that the quality of the content of the videos was high, and we had very positive feedback.

The list of speakers and interviewees is here. The mirror videos – posted because for various reasons a number of videos didn’t materialise – are numbered 109-125.

With the exception of the mirror videos, all the videos were released simultaneously on dedicated playlists on the J4MB YouTube channel – here – and on Paul Elam’s “An Ear for Men” YouTube channel – here. The mirror videos are only on the J4MB playlist. Paul’s channel has 103,000+ subscribers, more than the J4MB channel, so there are more comments there.

Mike Buchanan – Conference Director, chairman of the organizing committee

E: mike@j4mb.org.uk M: (+44) 7967 026163 (United Kingdom)