Media Release today:
Kelvin Davis Left Men Hanging.
Kelvin Davis, Labour, left men hanging when he pulled out of hosting the Men’s summit at Parliament in early April, claims one of the organisers, Kerry Bevin, of the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MOMA).
“This was genuine attempt to engage politicians on male well-being and gender equality.”
Three quarters of suicides are male. Rates are still rising. Male denigration is having terrible consequences, said Mr Bevin.
“Mr Davis had committed to male issues before Christmas. His failure to honour that commitment really did leave men hanging.”
Mr Bevin said Kelvin Davis had attempted to prescribe what men could say in their forums. In his letter withdrawing his hosting offer, Mr Davis said some speakers ALMOST criticise women.
“Not only will criticism of feminism NOT be tolerated, even ALMOST criticism will not be tolerated.”
This is laughable said Mr Bevin.
“Obviously Davis’s ‘White Knight’ stance shows he is running scared of Labour feminists and friends. Misandrist, anti-male, anti-father and anti-family policy and Law embedded during the Clark era, still prevails in the Labour Party.”
“What a strange creature the Labour Party has become since its glory days,” claimed Mr Bevin.
The MOMA spokesman said the Men’s Summit in Wellington was successfully and comfortably conducted at the Master Builders,’ All Accounted For’ Boardroom.
There were some notable speakers and worthwhile networking of Men’s groups planning for the future.
Muriel Newman’s talk on Shared Parenting and the need to revive such progressive social legislation was insightful.
“It was Labour under Clark and Dalziel, now Mayor of Christchurch, who sabotaged fathers and children’s rights by voting down the Shared Parenting Bill,” said Mr Bevin.
The Men’s Summit, in 2018, will be at the Wiseguys Refuge and Rehab. Kingseat, Auckland.
The Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MOMA) is a community group because successive governments have neglected the voice and welfare of New Zealand men and boys.