*EVENT POSTPONED* Engaging Men: Detoxifying Toxic Masculinity

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:00

Please note: this event has been POSTPONED until September.  More information to come soon!


Join WIMA and White Ribbon Campaign for a panel and workshop on the social construction of masculinity, deconstructing the dangers of toxic masculinity and how we can engage men in ending gender-based violence.

Workshop include:

Introduction to Patriarchy
Relationships and Masculinity
Introduction to Gender- Diversity & Trans Identities
Parenting Feminist Boys
How Men can be allies against the systems of oppression
The Role of social media as a prevention tool
+ More

All men are invited to actively participate in redefining the norms of masculinity.

Lunch will be provided.


Simon Lapierre (Ottawa): Is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work. He is a founding member of the Feminist Anti-Violence (FemAnVi) Research Collective. His research work, conducted in partnership with feminist activists and practitioners, investigates different manifestations of violence against women, including domestic, sexual and structural violence. His work has also focused on children’s experiences and perspectives on domestic violence, and on women’s experiences of mothering in the context of domestic violence. He has published several articles and books, including Regards critiques sur la maternité dans divers contextes sociaux (PUQ, 2012), Failure-to-Protect: Moving beyond Gendered Responses (Fernwood, 2013) and Violences dans la vie des enfants et des adolescents (PUQ, 2016).
Simon was also a member of the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, which published the report Ending Sexual Violence at the University of Ottawa (2015).

Saadya Hamdani: Gender Equality Adviser at Plan International, Canada- has worked for the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly the rights of women, children and workers since 1997 in several countries in South East Asia, South Asia, and south and west Africa through her various assignments with bilateral donor agencies, the United Nations and international NGOs. The major thrust of her work has been upstream legislative, policy and institutional strengthening for which she has contributed to mainstreaming gender in several public and private sector policy papers, briefs and capacity building initiatives relating to international human rights, gender equality and labour standards and has supported the introduction of institutional and policy gender equality measures including mechanisms for preventing and addressing sexual and workplace harassment as well as equal opportunity measures.

Darren Austin Hall: Darren is the founder of Conscious Masculinity Toronto and facilitates a men’s group devoted to raising the consciousness of the masculine. He is also the creator of the 4-part course for men ‘Heroic Consciousness’ which involves deeply working with masculine archetypes. He is the creator of the 75HR Source Resonance Training in Sound Healing, Sacred Music & Vibrational Philosophy. He is devotee of the wisdom of nature, the tales of the Goddess and regenerating ancient wisdom to help guide our world to harmony.

Darren is a sound healer as well, a ceremonial musician and spiritual teacher. He tours internationally, sharing his healing music with the crystal singing bowls and his array of spirituality and wellness workshops and courses. His performances, workshops and teachings are devoted to evolving human consciousness and inspiring a sense of universal truth and unity as well as invoking spiritual activism.

Pansy Boys:The Pansy Boys are a musical duo made up of twin brothers Joel and Kyle Curry. Their music takes on a dreamy and lush soundscape, focusing on themes of identity, youth, as well as the anxieties of their queer experience. Based in Toronto, Pansy Boys released their debut EP, In Days of Yore, in 2017, while in their last year of studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Over the past year, Pansy Boys music has been featured on Vice Canada, Out Magazine, as well as NOW Toronto. They are currently working on new musical and visual projects.

Panel Discussion: How Men Can Be Allies Against Systems Of Opression. Led By: Michelle Da Silva and includes

Maya Roy Secondary- Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Canada
Is a diversity specialist with 20 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work. She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities and has worked internationally with NGOs to support human rights and violence prevention. Most recently, she was Executive Director with Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, where she held that position for over seven years. She is the winner of the 2013 CASSA Gender Advocate Award and the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People award in 2014.

Alexander Waddling: Is a grassroots organizer from Toronto engaging and educating young men and boys on gender equality issues. In 2012, he established Ride For A Dream, an organization that has facilitates varied forms of fundraising, educational, and awareness-raising events that address gender inequality in Canada through an intersectional lens. The largest campaign they have since conducted was an educational speaking tour by bicycle from coast to coast, over 8,400 kilometers, that initiated men on a path of feminist perspectives. He also runs a support group for men wanting to deconstruct toxic masculinities in their own lives."

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