I Can MANifest Change

EMPOWERING MEN & BOYS

I Can MANifest Change empowers men and boys to challenge violence against women (VAW) and gender based violence (GBV) wherever we encounter it. We recognize that intimate partner violence, dating violence and sexual assault will not end until men and boys mobilize for change and have access to the resources and support we need every step of the way.  Rather than view men and boys only as perpetrators or survivors of violence, we can confront our own privilege and masculinity, and challenge the abusive behaviour of our peers.

 

WELCOME TO A GROWING WAVE OF MEN COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING VIOLENCE

MANifest Change

See what other men in Ottawa are doing to respond to violence against women, then tell us what you do by voicing your own pledge.

 

BRING A WORKSHOP TO YOUR SCHOOL, WORKPLACE OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

We facilitate interactive workshops in Ottawa for young men and boys that explore how to prevent violence against women. What parts of "acting like a man" positively support equality? What parts allow violence against women and gender based violence to continue? What does violence look like? Why is it important to get enthusiastic consent from a sexual partner?  How can we respond to violence when we see it at school, at work, on the street, the bus or out on the town?

Learn more about hosting a workshop.

To a book a workshop, email men@octevaw-cocvff.ca or call Matt Schaaf, ICMC Coordinator, at 613 237 1000.

 

ATTEND A WORKSHOP

Sign up here to be notified of workshops open to the public. Workshops are typically geared for young men aged 13-18.

 

CONNECT WITH RESOURCES FOR MEN IN OTTAWA

Find people and programs that support men to heal from violence and create positive changes in our lives.

 

BECOME A WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

2015 Training Session
Tentative date: Feb. 3, 6:30-9pm

We are training men to become Male Champions who facilitate conversations with young men and boys about preventing VAW and GBV (see workshop description below). Male Champions attend a three session training that will prepare you to work with young men and boys. With two or three other men, you will lead workshops from October to April in schools and community organizations in Ottawa. Check out the Workshop Facilitator's Guide for insight into how we create a safe space for the conversation.

What IS a Male Champion, anyway? Find out here, including how you can become one.

Questions? Bring 'em on! Email men@octevaw-cocvff.ca or call Matt Schaaf, ICMC Coordinator, at 613 237 1000.

 

MORE AND MORE MEN ARE TAKING A STAND

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WHY SHOULD MEN CARE ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN?

Because men can help by joining with women’s voices to make community change.  It is happening globally and it can happen in Ottawa. 

Because men listen to men.  Boys look to fathers, uncles and other mentors for examples. We can provide lasting equity and anti-violence messages that translate into non-violent behaviour in the next generation.

Because violence against women and girls is not a women’s issue, it is a community issue.

Because you may know a survivor and you can be a support. 

 

This project is possible thanks to the funding provided by Crime Prevention Ottawa.

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