GOOD NEWS: Colombia has launched a hotline for men called the Calm Line, with the intention of decreasing violence against women and lowering unnecessary machismo. The head of Bogotá’s culture office says the Calm Line and other programs seek to "inspire a profound cultural change," to question traditional ideas about masculinity, and allow even skeptical men to vocalize the anger, jealousy, and frustration that often comes from feeling like one must be in a dominant position.
- Though Colombia is a largely conservative, Catholic nation, the capital, Bogotá, recently elected its first female and openly gay mayor, who has made "confronting machismo" a central fixture of her plans.
- Bogotá is also introducing a "Men in Care" school to help men become supportive husbands and fathers.
- Though much of Bogotá agrees the hotline and school are good ideas, some are skeptical that men will show up, citing embarrassment or ego.