Polished Man

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WHAT IS POLISHED MAN?

YGAP’s Polished Man campaign challenges men to paint one nail to end violence against children. The innovative campaign raises awareness and funds to support the 1 in 5 children who suffer physical and sexual violence before the age of 18.

THEA’S STORY

YGAP’s CEO Elliot Costello came up with the idea for Polished Man after a visit to our project partner Hagar International in Cambodia. One evening, he met a young girl named Thea. Due to their language barrier, the two played naughts and crosses and other games for hours. At the end of the night, Thea drew a heart on Elliot’s palm, and then painted all of his nails blue. To hear more about Thea’s story and Polished Man watch our video.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

90% OF ALL SEXUAL VIOLENCE COMMITTED AGAINST CHILDREN IS PERPETRATED BY MEN. THE MAJORITY OF THIS VIOLENCE HAPPENS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND IS COMMITTED BY PEOPLE KNOWN TO THE CHILD.

MEN AS LEADERS

Men can be tremendous leaders within their networks, workplaces and homes. At YGAP, we want men of all ages to lead by example and end violence against children.

MEN AS CHANGEMAKERS

Being a Polished Man means challenging violent behaviour and language, both locally and globally. We hope that as the campaign progresses each year, men will lead a change in the conversation about what it means to be a man—including leadership, mateship and courage that serves to help, not harm. By promoting positive male role models who support equality and child rights, we can create a community of male change-makers.

HOW YOU CAN GET STARTED

IN ITS INAUGURAL YEAR, MORE THAN 16,000 POLISHED MEN RAISED FUNDS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE WORLD’S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. BE PART OF THE MAN-I-CURE!

Register online through the Polished Man website. Paint one nail to represent the 1 in 5 children globally who are physically or sexually abused before the age of 18. Start posting pictures of your nail and ask your mates for donations!

A great way to get traction is to start a Polished Man team at your workplace or sporting club! Simply sign up and register a team to receive your FREE Polished Man kit containing posters, flyers and nail polishes.

Polish up and fundraise to fund change.

POLISHED LADIES

During the campaign period, we want women to take a selfie with a Polished Man they know whether it’s family, a friend or colleague. Show us your Polished Man and make sure you use the hashtag to say ‘I prefer a #polishedman’ to help spread the word.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

AT YGAP, WE AIM TO CHANGE LIVES AND INSPIRE IMPACT ENTREPRENEURS TO HELP END POVERTY.

Through our partners at Hagar International, a world leader in caring for children who have suffered severe human rights abuses, we will directly help children who have suffered physical or sexual violence. This includes child victims of trafficking, domestic violence, to children who been tortured. Through the Spark accelerator program, we will address poverty in locations where children are most at risk, providing economic, and social change to create better futures. Child Wise will use the funds to support children in Australia and the New York Center for Children, for children in New York.

OUR PARTNERS

This year, funds raised will support YGAP’s impact arm, the Spark* Accelerator Program, Hagar International, Child Wise and the New York Center for Children.