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The ‘Ryerson White Ribbon Year End Celebration’
Tuesday May 31st at the Atrium (3rd floor of George Vari Engineering Bldg.
S/E corner of Church st and Gould st, 245 Church st)

Gallery opens 4:30pm
Awards presentation portion 5:30pm
Food provided by Salad King

An interactive art exhibition featuring works by:

Reilly Dow (ECE, www.pinkfish.ca), Char Loro (RTA, www.lovehard.ca) and many others

As we reflect on the work of the past year, join us as we engage you in some self reflection as well. We will also present ‘White Ribbon Champion’ awards to Ryerson groups who worked to create more inclusive spaces across Ryerson this year. They include:

-TEDxRyersonU
-United Black Students at Ryerson
-Women in ITM (WITM)
-Ryerson’s Student Housing Services
-Urban Hip Hop Union
-SIFE Ryerson (Students in Free Enterprise)

Visit www.ryewhiteribbonyearend.wordpress.com as we reveal details and bio’s of performers, artists, award recipients and more!

whiteribbon@ryerson.ca
Twitter: ryewhiteribbon

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign works to end violence against women by inspiring men to be a part of change that affects the lives of men and women.


To mark 100 years of International Women’s Day, the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Ryerson University held an event to focus on the theme of “Women in Leadership”.  http://www.ryerson.ca/iwd . Jeff Perera was one of the speakers, here is his talk.
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Hey Guys…

Hey Ladies…
Now, when I said ‘Hey Guys’,  all of you responded with a ‘Hey’, but when I said Hey ‘Ladies’ …only the women responded?

Now I know what you are going to say, but ‘guys’ is a gender-neutral term. I understand that… when I walk into a room and there are 4 women there and I say ‘hey guys’, they will respond. But if I walk into a room and there are 4 men, and I say ‘hey ladies’, what will be response be?

Why can’t a phrase like ‘hey ladies’ be a gender-neutral? Think of how we value the feminine and women in our society?
I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been asked by the amazing organizers to join you all for this Women In Leadership event on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Today is a day of celebration around the entire world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Some of you are probably wondering ‘so…. what is a man doing on a panel on women in leadership?’

I am here to send a call to our men, and to our women,  both here at Ryerson and in society, to speak up and speak out and become allies for a change that affects women as well as men.

Women were not even considered persons in Canada, without rights and privileges until 1920’s, in the scheme of things that wasn’t too long ago…so reflect on how society values women today?

In talking about Women in Leadership There are 2 main things I want to mention. The first thing is that clearly there are not enough Women in roles of Leadership.

In a recent talk Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that

Out 190 heads of state worldwide, only 9 are women. 13% of people in parliament across the globe are women. 16% of the top level CEO positions worldwide are women.   The movement for women to enter leadership roles, INCLUDES bursting the stereotypes and fighting the labels. Stereotypes such as the idea that women are not natural born leaders.

When reflecting on this talk, I came across a picture from a campaign rally in New Hampshire for then Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.  The picture was of a man standing in the audience with a huge yellow sign that read. ‘Iron My Shirt’.

I think of political pundits, who during that campaign, rather than focusing on issues and platforms, critiqued Clinton on her style of dress, her face and appearance, the sound of her voice and laugh…in mainstream news media. Political commentator Tucker Carlson had said of Clinton, “There’s just something about her that feels castrating, overbearing, and scary…” We had so-called experts, not comedians, asking if we wanted a women with her finger on the nuclear war button…given ‘moodswings’, being ‘over-emotional’ and ‘irrational behaviour’.

Gendered notions of leadership are embedded in the foundations of our thinking. From families to culture to mainstream culture, we find reinforced ideas that woman are too emotional, aren’t strong willed. And think of how we raise men to be assertive, aggressive and ambitious.

We need to drop the gender roles that limit the humanity of men and the gender constructs that create barriers for women. The reflection off of that glass ceiling gives us a real look at the state of our society.

The 2nd thing I’d like to tell you is that despite all of this…
Women ARE LEADERS

Quickly, just right off the top of your head think of a female role model that isn’t in your family. At first you might say you need a moment to think of one, but this is based, in part, to what I mentioned before. Think of how we de-value the feminine, how we then de-value women and the work women have done.

Women ARE LEADERS

Part of breaking the shackles and limitations of gender stereotypes, includes how we value the accomplishments and achievements of Women.

What typically comes to mind when we think about leaders is maybe someone who is dominant and ambitious, embodying qualities that closely match the stereotype of men. What have gender-based labels taught us??

I’d like to talk about some of the things women have taught me…

They have taught me how to be human
to connect to my humanity
to the earth and the world we live in
and how to lead the fight for change.
Women ARE LEADERS
I think of…

A woman who is a nurse, like the amazing Mary Seacole, how we de-value the work of nurses, a role which is seen as feminine and lesser than a doctor…think of how a nurse can work with a coma patient and tell you were they are experiencing pain…

A woman who works 100 hours a week, between her job and her job raising her son to be a man… is a leader.

A woman like Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Green Belt movement which focuses on battling deforestation in Kenya…. is a leader.

A woman like Black Canadian icon Viola Desmond, who 10 years before Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of a bus, refused to leave a ‘Whites Only’ section of a theatre in Nova Scotia and went to jail for tax evasion cause she didn’t pay the ONE CENT difference in ticket cost, She sparked the civil rights movement in Canada… Viola is a leader.

A woman like Vandana Shiva who works to protect nature as well as the rights of people to have access to food, water, dignified jobs and livelihoods ….is a leader.

A woman like Jessica Yee, a Two Spirited multi-racial Indigenous feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter who tirelessly cris-crosses this continent called Turtle Island to fight for change … is a leader.

A woman like Ryerson’s Associate Dean Dr.Wendy Cukier who after the December 6th Montreal Massacre continues to tirelessly fight to preserve women’s right to safety and protect gun control laws.

I think of women students here in the Ted Rogers School of Management.  Women who embrace being a leader.

A woman like Tracy Leparulo is a leader who works tirelessly here in TRSM and across Ryerson…Tracy is a leader. Women like Nasreen Kamal, Rochelle Atizado, Asma Rahman and Christie Oreskovich are leaders. A woman like my White Ribbon co-chair Miranda Hassell is a leader. And women like the organizers for this event, Shannan and Giuliana are leaders.

Gender stereotypes portray women as lacking the very qualities that people commonly associate with effective leadership. Both genders need to be aware of the barriers faced by their female colleagues, which will help to level the playing field.  While women need to show solidarity, be helpful and supportive of another…there is a role men can play too.

What can men do to help expose the myth that “Women are not leaders”?

We all need to encourage and inspire organizations to create gender equitable spaces that maximize the potential of all employees. We all win and benefit from equal opportunities and spaces for leadership.  The first step to engaging men in gender initiatives is to help them recognize that inequality STILL exists in the workplace.  Men often underestimate gender as a barrier for women in the workplace and during conversations with some males, I’ve had to stop and illustrate for them how these issues still exist.

It is also better business: Research tells us that more diverse teams give you better decision making and increased success.  Why is it so difficult to engage men in this change? Some men are reluctant to step up and champion gender initiatives through fear of losing their own status or approval amongst their male peers.

It takes individual acts of courage and leadership to defy injustice and inspire change. So what can we do to help men become engaged in this change? I work to inspire men to become White Ribbon Champions. We can help men understand that by being champions for equality and diversity in the workplace they are gaining more than they are losing.

Start dialogue in your spaces, circles and organizations to seal the gender gaps and go from creating awareness to taking action.

Strong females are called derogative terms, while assertiveness and aggression is rewarded amongst men. It is time to say assertiveness is not masculine, but the trait of a successful person.
Women have and can and will continue to achieve and lead.

Confidence, assert, inspire, influence, encourage, assure, provoke, bond, build, embrace, change

A woman can lead a child
A woman can lead a company
A woman can lead a nation
A woman can lead a movement

seize the moment

change the perception

find your voice

find your inner power

To my brothers, let’s become allies for change and embrace a change that affects us all.

To my sisters,

It is time to

Embrace

the Leader

in You


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.


What Makes a Man someone I love?
What Makes a Man someone I hate?
What Makes a Man someone I admire?

…how did you come to understand What Makes A Man?

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign and the White Ribbon Campaign presents: What Makes a Man. The White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University

Saturday February 12th – SCC 115 Student Campus Centre , 55 Gould St. Ryerson University

$5 for Ryerson members, $10 for friends of Ryerson ( or pay what you can)


A discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

visit www.whatmakesman.wordpress.com for all the latest details!

Conference @ 10:30am – 3:30 pm
Facilitators – Carlos Andrés Gómez and Kim Crosby

Limited Seating – Register Today – whiteribbon@ryerson.ca

‘Behind the Masc’ with Carlos Andrés Gómez
and Reilly Dow (graphic recorder) @ 4:30pm

Featuring the winner of the 2011 Urban Hip Hop Union Poetry Slam
Admission $10* (free for Conference Delegates)
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign

Behind the Masc: with Carlos Andrés Gómez: A special interactive and 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. Carlos performs a spoken word piece addressing various themes around masculinity and then the audience shares provoked thoughts, their reflections and own related stories. It will also be an exploration of the powerful and beautiful things that can define manhood.

Performance to be illustrated by Graphic Recorder Reilly Dow (TEDx Ryerson performer visit www.pinkfish.ca for more info)

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For speakers and other details visit www.whatmakesman.wordpress.com

Contests and Prize Giveaways! To win, follow the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign on Twitter (twitter.com/ryewhiteribbon)

RWRC works to end men’s 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 write whiteribbon@ryerson.ca
twitter.com/ryewhiteribbon
Facebook: Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign
www.ryersonwhiteribboncampaign.wordpress.com

For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign visit
www.whiteribbon.ca
twitter.com/whiteribbon
www.ourfuturehasnoviolenceagainstwomen.blogspot.com


 

Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on” ~Eckhart Tolle

I remember watching cartoons as a kid and seeing that classic image of a makeshift white flag timidly rising up from behind a rock. It was a source of humour, the act of surrender.

I grew up in the Jane and Finch community with young boys from different countries, spaces and places worldwide. Despite numerous differences we usually had two things in common: some sort of disconnect from our father and a love for aggressive TV or Film heroes. No retreat, no surrender, no backing down, not ending up the loser in a conflict or test of strength, that was our bombs-bursting-in-air and tough-as-nails idea of manhood.

Fast forward to 2011, I wear a white ribbon pin everyday and everywhere I go. With dozens of ribbons out there to represent a variety of issues these days, people ask me “why the colour White?” in addition to the usual question “what does a White Ribbon mean?” Many people greet it as heroic, but some people see it as cowardly. For some men, once they initially hear the group’s focus is ending men’s violence against women, they get upset, or feel ‘left out’. “What about violence men face?” they ask. To them I explain how this is part of a greater conversation on how violence has wrapped its hands around the throats and minds of men and we need to find role models of healthy masculinity to encourage men to be themselves. Some men don’t let me get that far in the conversation, or allow themselves to hear it. They feel threatened by it all, as if under attack and an internal hyper-masculinity-survival mode kicks in.

 

They see the white flag. They see surrender.

Weakness, soft, cowardly…this is not what a man is, and why is it always our fault?

For them, they see the White Ribbon as surrender

 

The white flag is an internationally recognized as a symbol asking for a truce or ceasefire, and to request negotiation. It is a symbol of surrender, signifying to all that there is an intention and a desire to communicate.

Speaking of communication, one of those things many guys love to do is read in the bathroom (great segue) and I have a few magazines sitting there for that purpose. I was oddly moved to pick up a yoga magazine I have glanced over many many times and meant to replace with a new issue. Sometimes the greatest gift is to see that which you have already seen. My fingers open the magazine right to an article explaining the term ‘surrendered activist’.

 

A surrendered activist: a person who does their best to help create a better reality while knowing that they are not in charge of outcomes.

 

I then recalled being at the United Black Students of Ryerson’s fall 2010 edition of their highly-successful ‘Ladies and Gents’ event. Young men and women separate into 2 rooms to discuss their gender and subsequent experiences then everyone gathers afterwards to share. One topic the men covered was coming across a white woman showing discomfort being in a closed space like an elevator. The conversation looked at the balance between creating a safe space for the women, while dealing with possible reactions of stereotypes and assumptions due to race.

One brother spoke on how he would go out of his way to smile and defuse any fears by breaking any stereotype she might have of a man, a black man. Another voice came from a recognized leader in the space. He said how he is tired of having to bear the burden of breaking racist stereotypes “my shoulders aren’t big enough” he said. Instead he said he know focuses on “being the best me I can be”. Both these responses resonated deeply within me, along with the anger of someone assuming things about me that are not me. I can control that which I can control.

Agitate, educate, enlighten, respond, create, guide, inspire or show someone, yes, all these things we can do and be…but then we have to let go.

Many of our sisters will tell you, whether its heterosexual women dealing with the challenges of dating men, or our LGBT2S sisters who strive for relationships with fathers, brothers and other loved ones and friends, that you alone cannot change a man. The individual themselves must first be ready for change, real change.

Author bell hooks speaks of how men are afraid of change, but they are many who are willing. They “must be able to let go of the will to dominate. They must be able to choose life over death. They must be willing to change”. It is not as simple as just saying and doing it, and it requires more bravery than words can express, but it starts with you. We can only do so much, and it starts with just being a role model with your words and actions.  We have a voice and we have a choice, so choose change…and then let go.

 

Surrender to the fact that you alone cannot change the world and all outcomes of life, just change you.

 

Surrender to who You really are, to the freedom to be who You want to be and who You were meant to be.

 

Sweet surrender.





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.

The Choice to find Common Ground


From the White Ribbon Campaign blog page

http://ourfuturehasnoviolenceagainstwomen.blogspot.com/2010/10/choice-to-find-common-ground.html

Do you believe in fate? Is the future determined for us or do we decide what the next chapter will be in our lives? As for me, I choose to think it is a good mix of both, and my experience this past week was an example of that.

I was invited to speak as well as deliver a workshop at this year’s YWCA Common Ground Conference. As a Ryerson Social Work student who did my placement with the White Ribbon Campaign, I facilitated a workshop at the conference last year and was extremely excited take part once again.

As co-chair of the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign, I was also invited to speak at the United Black Students of Ryerson’s ‘Ladies and Gents’ event the night before the conference. This event saw 50 men and women separate into 2 rooms to discuss their gender and relations with the opposite gender, and then gather afterwards to debrief and share. After this amazing event I connected with the facilitator of the women’s conversation, Kim Crosby who is co-director of The People Project. Her group works closely with Toronto’s LGBT youth community and Kim has had vast experience facilitating conversations on gender issues.

Kim is an influential and inspirational sister whose words move hearts and mountains. As we discussed her session with Ryerson students, she gave me a copy of the ‘Black Male Privilege Checklist’ she uses during similar events. I quickly flipped through it as we talked and one sentence jumped out at me like headlights barreling down the highway into my consciousness.

“I have the privilege of believing that a woman cannot raise a son to be a man”.

For some reason this powerful sentence resonated with me, quietly followed me around that evening as I talked to the wonderful young men and women at the event.
In a blink the morning came, and with it I found myself preparing myself to speak at the conference. We had a smaller gathering than last year, but we knew that meant for more intimate sharing and conversation in the break out groups, and it truly was. I shared the space with a group of young men and women speaking on how men can be part of change, how we de-value the feminine and how it leads to the violence that women and men face.

One of the students in my group was a young brother named Rick (named changed) was a soft spoken student of little words, but was enthusiastic to find a space where we could converse about what being a man can be. I came to the section where I discuss ‘fathers and role models’ which is always an extremely sensitive and personal conversation for many people. He quietly shared how his little brother looks up to him.

I spoke of how many of us grow up with our father around but ‘not present’ or without a father at all. Rick shared how he was raised by his mom. At that moment the sentence I read last night exhaled in my mind, and asked to speak, so I let it out. Reflecting on that sentence I read from Kim Crosby’s Black Male Privilege checklist, I asked the group “So, do you think a woman can raise a son to be a man?” Rick thought for a moment, and said with a reserved boldness “Yes…yes, I think a woman can”.

It came time for the group to gather and select someone to report back on what they learned. We had some brilliant and eloquent young people from Arts school in our group, but I turned to Rick and suggested that he speak for our group.

He said “but I don’t…speak English well”
I said “What?!? You speak it better than me!!!”
“But…I don’t know all those big words.”
I told him “Brother, sometimes I think simple words are more effective”

So, as the students all gathered into the main space they asked each group to send a representative to the table up front. Rick silently walked up to the stage to speak for our group. The moderator asked the students to share what they will take back to their school. One by one, they all shared concepts and ideas they learned like how oppressive words go under the radar in everyday conversations. When it was Rick’s turn he paused and looked down…then looked at me, and finally he slowly shared.

“I….I have to be honest…all the things Jeff taught me today…I couldn’t take it back to my school…cause at my school they won’t…they won’t listen…but…some of them will…so…I will take it back to them… and tell them”

I went up to Rick after and gave him the biggest hug. We need to find those brave, strong young people and help them find their voice.

Do you believe we can change the future? Wearing a White Ribbon says that you believe you can. To make a change is a choice, and it is time we started encouraging men to make good, healthy choices. We need to create more safe spaces for men to feel they can explore who they really are without ridicule or needing to prove themselves.

Choose to change the impact you make in the world, and on yourself. Choose to change how you define what being a man is, choose to make good choices, and choose to change the perception of you. While we cannot control how others perceive us (sometimes with prejudice) we need to be conscious of the fact that we are role models and someone is always watching us. So let’s strive to be the best version of ourselves. Defining a healthy masculinity benefits everyone. Every One.

Rick and Kim were destined to cross paths with me by their choices, including his choice to come to the Common Ground conference. Kim decided she would be a part of change. Rick decided he wanted to become a part of change. And I was blessed to meet them because I decided to become a part of change.

We have a voice and we have a choice, so choose change.

Jeff Perera is a Facilitator with the Learning Success Centre at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Jeff is a volunteer workshop facilitator with the White Ribbon Campaign and co-chair of the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign, a group inspiring men to be the best version of themselves.


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