Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:
- To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
- To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.
Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.
Our twenty-sixth “30 For 30″ 2013 Dad is John Paul Dean from the United States.
The Dad Bio
John Paul Dean is the father of Pixel Project’s Twitter Tag Team Coordinator, Rebecca Dean. He lives in Seattle with his wife and is the proud father of four adult children, who are happy he always keeps the coffee pot full and fresh at home.
1. What is the best thing about being a dad?
The best thing about being a dad is seeing your children develop and grow into their own unique beings; and then to see them as adults become happy and successful.
2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?
My father showed respect for women and he not only modeled such respect through his behaviour, he demanded of his six sons to do the same. He had an old-school approach in that he believed women should be cherished, cared for, and respected. However, today the emphasis is on mutual respect and less on the care for women aspect of his philosophy. These are the values I emphasize with my children.
3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?
I think the best way to be a role model is to set an example through your behaviour. There’s a certain command of respect that is required to be a male role model. You have to demonstrate respect to command respect and then show this to your sons. Also you need to show there are consequences to mistreating women and that you hold yourself to the same standards and are held to the same consequences.
Want to honour your Dad in a different way this Father’s Day without breaking the bank?
We offer two (2) easy and fabulous options:
Option A: Make a Small Donation
Help The Pixel Project keep our anti-Violence Against Women campaigns and projects sustainable by making a small donation on behalf of your dad to us.
Click here to learn how your donation will be used and to donate: https://www.thepixelproject.net/getting-involved-an-introduction/donate-to-the-pixel-project/
Option B: Dedicate a Song to Him
For just $0.99, you can download our first Music For Pixels song – a cover of ‘The Rose’ by AHMIR, YouTube’s #1 R&B group and upload it onto your Dad’s computer’s iTunes or digital music player. Not sure about it? Listen before you buy: