Men and boys have a positive role in addressing gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women (VAW). In order to be effective, we start by looking at masculinities. There are many ways to be a man, and we are shaped by our families, cultures, the media. What aspects of masculinity pressure us to use violence? What is it like to experience violence as a boy or a man? What aspects of masculinity support us to build healthy relationships? You will learn activities that invite young men to critically examine what it means to "act like a man" and celebrate masculinity that is empathetic, caring, courageous and committed.
We will look at the importance of healthy boundaries and practicing consent in all areas of life. Learn to appropriately teach the skills that young men need to give and get consent that is ongoing, mutual and exciting in intimate relationships.
You will learn to identify forms of GBV and VAW common in Ottawa. How can we skillfully prevent them from happening, or intervene when they do? You will learn how to coach young men to expand their defininition of violence beyond physical and sexual violence to include the subtler forms of violence.
Training will include presentations from OCTEVAW staff, a panel of local VAW experts, group discussion, self-reflection, role playing and case studies that help you apply MANifest Change tools to the needs of your clients.