Men are holding up scribbled-on underwear for an incredibly uplifting reason.

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Now more then ever, we need to be talking about violence against women.

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A bunch of men have gotten together to be pictured with underwear that has been drawn on – sounds creepy, but it’s actually an incredibly powerful anti-violence against women campaign.

Artist aleXsandro Palombo has created the set of images that showcases men from all walks of life sharing a message of hope against masochism and violent behaviour. Men were asked about what kind of man they are. Their answers? Damn right awesome.

The result is a powerful campaign featuring images like this:

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“At a time when woman around the country are feeling on edge about simply because of our gender, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear of men coming together to fight violence against women. “

Italian Palombo says his goal was for men to speak out against gender violence, hopefully resulting in a change of laws surrounding such crimes.

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“Gender violence is a serious problem that can only be overcome through cultural and social education,” Palombo said.

Related: Another week, another woman dies as a result of domestic violence. We will not stay silent.

“Men must rebel against machismo and fight gender violence. We must do it constantly and relentlessly. We need stronger laws to fight violence against women.”

Click through the gallery below to see the series in full. For more information, visit Palombo’s website by clicking here.

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