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Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign co-chairperson Jeff Perera will be reprising his TEDx Ryerson talk ‘Words Speak Louder Than Actions’ at the ‘Behind the Masc‘ performance with world-renown poet and spoken word artist Carlos Andrés Gómez. Carlos’ powerful event will be the keynote performance at the ‘What Makes a Man…’ White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University.

Jeff Perera is a volunteer workshop facilitator and speaker with the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort to engage men in ending men’s violence against women. He is founder and co-chairperson of the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign at Ryerson University. Jeff and RWRC co-chairperson Miranda Hassell are excited to deliver this conference for the Ryerson University community and greater Ryerson community.

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White Ribbon Campaign works to ensure tragic moment in history isn’t repeated with end to violence against women

By Antoinette Mercurio

http://www.ryerson.ca/news/news/General_Public/20101206_ribbon.html

Standing up for women’s rights isn’t just a woman’s fight.

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign (RWRC) recognizes the collective effort it takes to create a positive space for women at home, work and school. The group is a coalition of students, faculty and staff that looks to men to help end violence against women. The campaign doesn’t point fingers at men but rather seeks to inspire them to respect and honour women as well as themselves. RWRC’s message is tied to Ryerson’s Dec. 6 memorial, which begins today at noon in the quad.

The memorial has been held every year since Dec. 6, 1989 when a young man entered a classroom of engineering students at the University of Montreal’s École Polytechnique and shot six women. The gunman continued his rampage throughout the building, eventually killing 14 women and injuring 14 more people, before turning the gun on himself. Each Dec. 6, the Ryerson community remembers the victims by gathering in the quad next to the Tree of Hope, a sculpture crafted in 1994 by interior design student Alexandra Leikermoser. She created the sculpture to communicate feminist issues and environmental consciousness while serving as a focal point during the vigil. This year the observance will be followed by an event in POD-250, which will include a keynote address by Michelle Davis, program director for METRAC Safety, an organization that seeks to end violence against women.

The White Ribbon Campaign is active all year. The RWRC hosts or participates in workshops, speaker series and presentations on a variety of issues such as gender roles, homophobic bullying and body image. The group especially reaches out to high school youth, to educate teens about gender-based violence and how to end bullying in their school hallways. Jeff Perera, RWRC founder and co-chair and a fourth-year School of Social Work student, is trying to help redefine the terms of masculinity.

“In inspiring healthy concepts of masculinity, RWRC wishes to help address how narrow and binary concepts of gender affect all people in truly being free to be who they are. These limiting expressions of gender ultimately lead to the devaluation, hatred and violence that women, LGBT2S members and even heterosexual men face,” Perera said. “Speaking at events and in classes creates a space for men and women to dialogue and open up.”

RWRC has worked in the past with Wendy Cukier, associate dean in the Ted Rogers School of Management. Cukier is co-founder and president of the Coalition For Gun Control, a national organization founded in the wake of the Montreal massacre and which has lobbied for stricter gun legislation. To hear a podcast interview with Cukier, click here.


Ryerson Residence Students, can we talk?

Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign’s  Blueprints for Change Presentations – Tuesday Nights at 8:30 in Pitman Hall 200


We have heard all the questions…

Is violence against women still an issue?
Why is it not just about stopping violence in general? How does the bullying of LGBT youth affect everyone else?
What does Homophobia and Transphobia have to do with violence against women?
What does the violence have to do with me?

Come out Tuesday nights for the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign’s  Blueprints for Change Presentations.

A multimedia discussion space where we will discuss the pressures facing Men and Women in today’s society
and how it affects all our lives and various relationships.

 

Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm in Pitman Hall Room 200

Tues Oct 19 – Upper Pit
Tues Oct 26 – Mid Pit
Tues Nov 2 – Low Pit
Tues Nov 9 – Upper ILLC
Tues Nov 16 – L’Okeefe

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The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign works to end violence against women and inspire men to be the best versions of themselves. We don’t seek to blame or shame men, but encourage them to become part of a change affecting the lives of both men and women.

for more information or to contact us

Email – whiteribbon@ryerson.ca
Twitter – twitter.com/ryewhiteribbon
Facebook: Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign


There have been a recent string of suicides of Gay teens in the United States related to bullying. This is a issue which affects everyone of us, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.

How does the bullying of LGBT youth affect others? What does Homophobia and Transphobia have to do with violence against women? Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign seeks to discuss this with the Ryerson community during our upcoming ‘Blueprints for Change’ Discussion Sessions next week ( Wed Oct 6th & Thurs Oct 7th)

We will look at why this bullying happens and how the pressures on men to perform masculinity 24/7 lead to violence that affects Women and the LGBTT2SQQA community…as well as heterosexual men.

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign presents ‘Blueprints for Change’ a discussion which looks at questions like:

“Is violence against women still an issue?”
“What about just stopping violence in general”‘
“What does the violence have to do with me?”

Wednesday October 6th from 12-2pm at ENG LG12  in the ENG Building (George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre,245 Church Street)

or

Thursday October 7th from 12-2 in the Heaslip House (7th Floor – Chang School Building, 297 Victoria Street)


The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign’s : Blueprints for Change. A multimedia presentation/discussion w/ Jeff Perera.

We will discuss the pressures facing Men and Women in today’s society and how it affects all our lives and various relationships.

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The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign works to end violence against women and inspire men to be the best versions of themselves. We don’t seek to blame or shame men, but encourage them to become part of a change affecting the lives of both men and women.

for more information or to contact us

Email – whiteribbon@ryerson.ca
Blog – www.ryersonwhiteribboncampaign.wordpress.com
Twitter – twitter.com/ryewhiteribbon
Facebook: Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign


Ryerson University Students and the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign taking one step closer to a future without violence!

*just some of the Ryerson participants at the 2010 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event*

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign and Ryerson Students gathered over 60 strong at Victoria and Gould St before joining the 750 people at Yonge & Dundas Square. Walking a mile in her shoes to help create awareness and education around how men can become part of a  future  with no men’s violence against women (and girls and the LBGT community), Ryerson students lead by RWRC co-chair Miranda Hassell raised $1500 for the White Ribbon Campaign!

Ryerson White Ribbon co-chairs Jeff Perera and Miranda Hassell all PUMPed up!

Citywide, the White Ribbon Campaign raised over $111, 000 and you can still make your donation at http://www.walkamiletoronto.org today and help the largest effort worldwide to end men’s violence against women.

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign wants to thanks groups like Ryerson Muslim Students Association, Ryerson Engineering Student Society, Women in ITM, Ryerson Students Union, CESAR, Ryerson Commerce Society & RCS Cares, United Black Students at Ryerson, Ryerson Positive Space,  all the students and Ryerson president Sheldon Levy, Provost Alan Shepard and Vice Provost Students, Heather Lane-Vetere for coming out. You role modeled how this issues affects everyone regardless of gender orientation, sexual identity, religion, creed, race or ability.

Together we can work towards inspiring men to become part of change…One step at a time!

Donate today at http://www.walkamiletoronto.org

To learn more about the White Ribbon Campaign visit http://www.whiteribbon.ca


The Meet and Greet for the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign to start the 2010/2011 school year !

Monday September 20th at 6pm
KHS 127 in Kerr Hall East (340 Church Street – http://www.ryerson.ca/maps/?building=khe)

Hungry? Hungry for Change? k…so now you know where to be this Monday.

Come. Eat. Chat. Share. Express. Listen. Seconds. Burp. Happy.

Join RWRC co-chairs Miranda Hassell and Jeff Perera to kick off the 2010/2011 school year as we

-discuss preparation for WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES Toronto 2010 (Walk N’ Tell DAT, Jack!)

-share some of the key event ideas we have for this exciting year!

– briefly look back at last year’s events and work

-hold a general discussion during which we will screen a few video clips for sparking conversation.
Clips will be from documentaries like ‘Raising Cain’ and ‘I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America’,
the MTV show “If You Really Knew’ and from films ‘Juice’, ‘Superbad’ and ‘Fight Club’)

PLUS food AND drinks AND chomping AND chewing AND burping AND chatting in between chomping AND slurping????

Sounds good? OF COURSE IT DOES!!! Can’t wait to see you there!

To join the RWRC or to find out more info, email us at whiteribbon@ryerson.ca

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The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign works to end violence against women and inspire men to be the best versions of themselves. We don’t seek to blame or shame men, but encourage men to become part of change that affects the lives of both men and women.


Ryerson and University of Toronto students, staff and faculty, take a moment to reflect on how violence against women and girls truly affects all of us…Take a moment to walk in her shoes.

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: The walk to end violence against women and girls

Thursday September 30th 12-2pm at Yonge-Dundas Square.

12 noon – Meet at Victoria & Gould St
12:20 – we all walk over to Yonge-Dundas Square for the Walk!


REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

go to www.walkamiletoronto.org today


TEAM = Team Ryerson and U of T
Team Captain = Jeff Perera


There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

That’s why we’re asking men and self-identified men at Ryerson University and University of Toronto to put on a pair of Women’s shoes (anything from high heels to flats to flip flops, or wear your regular shoes andt come out!) and join the White Ribbon Campaign to Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®.

On Thursday September 30th, 2010 we’re all going to help end violence against women and girls, one step at time. Not to say that by wearing a pair of women’s shoes, will you have a sense of the reality of life for women in our society, but it is a symbolic gesture and a statement that you want to stand up and start making a difference.

Let’s get members of the Ryerson and U of T communities to walk together, side by side, in support of a future without violence.

If you are interested in participating or more information, please email us at whiteribbon@ryerson.ca and visit walkamiletoronto.org.

Join us and walk, or Register and get folks to sponsor your walk, all proceeds go to the work of the White Ribbon Campaign to create a future with no violence against women. Volunteer at the walk, put on some shoes or bring signs to help create awareness or come and cheer us on. Join us!!!


Wednesday March 10th at 6:30pm in ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street, Ryerson University

As part of ‘White Ribbon Pledge Week at Ryerson University

A dynamic panel of speakers will be coming to Ryerson to reflect on males being  role models to other men, how their teachings and path helped them define what being a man truly is, and share stories from their experiences

Your moderator is Tuval Dinner from the White Ribbon Campaign and MASC Magazine

The list of speakers includes

Imam Khalid Latif (keynote speaker)

Khalid Latif is Chaplin/Imam for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). http://www.icnyu.org/

DJ Danforth

DJ is a proud 25 year-old Native young man from the Oneida Nation. He is currently the Youth Cultural Coordinator for the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, and sings with drum groups Elk Soldier and Tha Tribe.

Brandon Hay

Brandon is Executive Director of the Black Daddies Club
BDC adresses issues facing the Black Community as a whole. The main goal is to change the image of the black father in the media, from a neglectful figure to a responsible, involved and loving role model. http://www.blackdaddiesclub.com/


Behind the Masc: Defining Masculinity with Carlos Andrés Gómez at U of T

Friday, March 12th (location to be announced)


brought to you by U of T Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre, U of T Community Safety Office, MASC Magazine and others (tba)


An interactive evening with spoken word artist Carlos Andrés Gómez as he comes to University of Toronto for a special intimate performance that looks at what it means to be a ‘good man’ in a world where ‘masculinity’ is confined by the narrowest of definitions. It will also be an exploration of the powerful and beautiful things that can define manhood “…giving men the permission to be the best versions of what they can be”.

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Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award winning poet and actor from New York City and a former teacher and social worker. He has toured all across the world and is the 2006 Toronto International Poetry Slam Champion. His work draws attention to challenging and often ignored social issues and delivers an empowering message built on the belief that everyone is “distinctly beautiful.”

visit http://www.carloslive.com for more info

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network
in partnership with the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign and the Ryerson Student’s Union

are proud to present:

Protecting the Circle: Aboriginal Men Ending Violence Against Women

Monday, January 11th 2010 from 12 to 3pm

at the Ryerson Student Campus Centre SCC115

55 Gould Street, Toronto

This event will include Elder teachings, drumming, skills-building, sharing/talking circles, and more.

A chance to listen, speak, share, hear prespectives and realities, reflect and learn.

Food will be served and people are encouraged to bring traditional dishes

All are welcome!

We are also inviting Aboriginal men to submit any written or artistic works that will be put together into a collection of Aboriginal men’s voices responses to ending violence against women to be distributed at this event. If you are interested in submitting an article, a poem, a spoken word piece, or anything else artistic, please send it to Jessica Yee, Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network at jessica.j.yee@gmail.com.