Polished Man

Polished Man has raised an impressive…

$7 million dollars in seven years.

We have had over 100,000 people from more than 100 countries get behind this movement, funding both trauma prevention and trauma recovery services for children in Australia and around the world.

To read more about the incredible success of the 2020 campaign, check out the Polished Man Campaign Report here.

The facts

Half the world’s children experienced violence in the last year alone.

In Australia, one in six women and one in ten men report having been physically and/or sexually abused as a child

An estimated 120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual violence

Polished Man and ygap

Polished Man is a fundraising and awareness campaign that has been run by ygap since 2014. The idea for Polished Man came about when ygap Co-Founder and former CEO, Elliot Costello, travelled to Cambodia in 2013 with one of the Polished Man beneficiary partners, Hagar International. After spending time with a young girl named Thea, who painted his fingernails blue and drew a heart on his palm, Elliot learned that Thea was in Hagar’s care due to the long term abuse she had suffered at the hands of the director of the orphanage where she had once lived. 

Thea’s story stuck with Elliot, and upon returning home the concept for Polished Man began to form; a campaign that asked people to paint a nail blue for the month of October, sparking conversations and raising funds for trauma prevention and trauma recovery for children around the world. The one painted nail represents the one billion children that experience some form of violence every year, and the campaign is named in acknowledgement that men both perpetrate and experience high levels of violence, and are less likely to seek help to recover. 

Polished Man is about changing the narrative and breaking the cycle of violence, by encouraging everyone to paint a nail, have difficult discussions about what is usually a taboo subject, and raise much needed funds to help end violence against children.

Where the money goes

Funds raised through Polished Man support trauma prevention and trauma recovery programs for children who are at risk of, or who have suffered violence.

Trauma Prevention

85% of funds raised are channeled into trauma prevention; programs run through ygap that support impact ventures across Kenya, South Africa, Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands and Australia, to help people lift themselves out of poverty or disadvantage, breaking the cycle of violence through income and economic strengthening, a key pillar of the WHO model for strategies to prevent violence against children.

Trauma Recovery

While we deeply believe in trauma prevention as the key to ending violence against children, we know that half the world’s children have sadly experienced trauma already. The effects of violence can cause even greater harm later in life if left untreated.  That’s why we support some of the best trauma recovery providers in the world including the Australian Childhood Foundation, SAMSN, Hagar Australia and the New York Center for Children, to help young survivors of violence recover and shape their own futures.


Get involved

There are multiple ways you can get involved with Polished Man!

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