The NMCADV believes engaging men as allies to end violence against women and girls is of critical importance. Men and boys can be positive role models by exemplifying a masculinity that is non-violent and respectful of others, and by intervening when they witness violence or disrespect.

In January 2014, the NMCADV invited male allies from the Northern Pueblos of New Mexico to speak on: 

What Men and Boys Can Do to End Violence Against Women, the Long-Term Effects of Domestic Violence on Children, and the Importance of Community Change and Accountability

All of their powerful speeches are available below:

Women’s Sovereignty 

In this talk, Keahi asks men to dedicate themselves to Women’s Sovereignty – “the right women have to control their bodies and their lives without threat or fear of violence, to make all decisions regarding their bodies and their lives, and to have both the resources to fulfill their choices and the right to define their experiences and identity.”

Keahi Kimo Souza MS, MSW, LMSW, is currently the Behavioral Health and Social Services Director for the Jemez Pueblo and a Senior Research Associate with the California State University Center for Delinquency and Crime Policy Studies. He has been working in the area of adult and youth gangs for the last 10 years developing and supervising gang intervention programs both on and off Indian Country and has coordinated an internationally recognized gang intervention and tattoo removal program during this time. He consults and provides technical assistance with numerous national, state, county, and tribal agencies. He was honored with the “Social Worker of the Year 2011 Award” for the State of New Mexico.  He also chairs the Juvenile Justice Task Force for NASW-NM, President of the Advocates of Social Justice Division of the New Mexico Counseling Association, National Advisory Board Member for Encuentro Latino National Institute on Family Violence, OVC Children’s Justice Act, and a former National Board Member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Locally, he is a member of the NM Human Trafficking Task Force through the NM Attorney General’s Office, 2010 Behavioral Planning Council Member, and former co-chair of the Local Collaborative 16.

A Herstoric Indigenous Perspective

In this talk, Rod asks us to take a long view for inspiration – a “herstoric” view of a time when women were honored in community.

Rod Kaskalla is the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Pueblo of Nambe. Is a Board Member of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV), Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), Tewa Women United (TWU) and North American Men Engaged Network (NAMEN). March 2009-September 2010 worked as a consultant with the Pueblo of Santa Clara, Strengthening Native Families Program, conducted, facilitated and trained facilitators for their Men’s Program. January 2008-2010 worked part-time for the Community Against Violence Shelter (CAV) with the City of Taos, help to establish, develop, conduct, facilitate and train facilitators for the “CHANGES” Program, a New Mexico State, Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) approved Domestic Violence Offenders Reeducation Program. Employed with ENIPC Peacekeepers Domestic Violence Program from 1996-2008 as Batterer’s Reeducation Co-Facilitator and Program Director. Rod Kaskalla is from Zuni Pueblo, married in Nambe Pueblo and is also an artist known for his Channel Inlay Jewelry. 

Finding the Courage to End Violence

In this talk, Raymond asks men to hold each other accountable for ending violence. He shares a very personal story of finding the courage to take an honest look at himself.

Raymond Povijua is from the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh and began his professional career in the field of Law Enforcement providing services to his community and to Tesuque Pueblo for a combined fourteen years.  After becoming familiar with Domestic Violence groups and programs, Raymond began his work in the field of Domestic Violence in 2008 taking on the position as the Batterer’s Reeducation Coordinator with the ENIPC Inc., Peacekeepers Domestic Violence Program and is currently working for a newly formed Domestic Violence Program in the Pueblo of Nambe.  In addition, Raymond provides Train the Trainer trainings, presentations and consultations on many topics which reflect core values, spirituality, and personal experiences that reflect his personal theories of change.  Thus far Raymond has presented numerous trainings and presentations for various agencies and programs within the State of New Mexico, Arizona, and Wisconsin and continues to strive to expand his horizons.

For more information and resources on how to engage men in your community in the fight against domestic violence see the links below: