Press Release – 12th of September 2020

London march for equality for Men and Boys


Split the Difference is a new organisation created to support a campaign requesting the United Nations review all the legislation policy and strategic planning to narratively include men and boys.

This campaign is the result of five years international research that showed unilateral evidence that the exclusion of men and boys from each countries governance means that their needs are illegally unrepresented in community services and fiscal spending.

The impact on men and boys their families and the communities they live in is profoundly evident.

In areas like education, domestic abuse, employment, mental health, criminal court processes, family court processes and many more men and boys are subjected to exclusion from services or experience excessive judgement or enforcement above that which is evident for women and girls.

One example of this within the UK is currently the domestic abuse Bill is under review with the view that Parliament will adopt it within legislation. In all legislative processes the formulation and review process and illegal guidance should at all times include all stakeholders.

The domestic abuse review committee through its processes invited seven women’s projects to give evidence as stakeholders, the committee also invited survivors of domestic abuse.  This process is to enable the committee to understand the needs of services, victims and survivors and to incorporate identified processes and funding that need to be in place to support the legislation.

Even though charities that campaign to raise awareness for men and individual male survivors of domestic abuse completed the application process to contribute to the consultation process the committee refused to allow them to be included.

Interview with the chair of the charity Mankind Mark Brooks, explains the concerns of the charity and its members.

Sally-Anne Burris CEO of Split the Difference says: ”It is very well-publicised that the suicide rate in the UK for men and in some cases children under the age of 10 is two out of three.  What is not publicised is that every single country in the whole world at least two out of three suicides are men or boys.  In some countries that figure rises to five out of six.

“This is a crime against men and boys, it is a crime against humanity. The UK is a member of the United Nations and like all countries is strongly influenced by the United Nations when it is creating its legislation policy and strategic planning.  As a member state the UK is required to incorporate equality and human rights.

“The suicide figures in the UK are a red flag shouting loud and clear to the government that we as a nation are getting something wrong.

“When every single country across the world holds the same suicide statistics or higher it’s fair to say that the UN as the host to equality and human rights needs to hold itself to account and listen to these dead men and boys voices.  The United Nations cannot ignore this level of pain at this volume any more.

“From five years of research that looked at over 15 countries across the world we found 13 areas that were common denominators which disabled men and boys from having equal choice in the services available within their countries. We know that the lack of equality for men that goes unsupported by the United Nations is a direct contributor to men and boys feeling they have no other option than to kill themselves.

“Every individual and organisation that is marching with us today is saying no more inequality in family courts or education or domestic abuse services or criminal court or housing.  Governments cannot focus their attention on the needs of women and girls while they completely ignore the needs of men and boys.

“The United Nations says that equality and human rights should be the foundation of every government, somehow this message has been lost and it needs to be found.”

The 13 areas that show direct inequality to men and boys, equally show a powerful narrative of inequality and direct violation to the human rights of men and boys.

These 13 areas are;

  • Legal Representation
  • Courts and Associated Services
  • Education
  • Health
  • Police and Associated Services
  • Statistical Gathering and Reporting
  • Children’s Services
  • Governmental Social Services
  • Charities – NGO’s
  • Housing – equal provision of safe space
  • Acts of Law
  • Equality – Human Rights
  • Equality in Service Development

World suicide statistics –