AWE Project to host Jeff Perera
Social change educator Jeff Perera will deliver the keynote speech, Engaging Boys and Men, to kick- off the regional forum, Responding to Sexualized Violence, and Advancing Prevention: A Regional Forum for Change Makers, which is scheduled for Oct. 11 in Antigonish.
The forum, which is open to the public, is part of the AWE Project (Advancing Women’s Equality in Rural Nova Scotia: Partnering to Transform the Context and End Sexualized Violence), which is funded by Status of Women Canada, and sponsored by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association.
In speaking tours across
North America, Perera has been challenging ideas about masculinity and inspiring people to consider healthier identities. He has presented two TEDX talks; Words Speak Louder than Actions and The Ladder of Manhood.
“Across AWE’S partner communities, engaging boys and men to address sexual violence has been identified as a critical area that needs our attention. Eradicating gender-based violence demands their involvement,” project co- ordinator Annie Chau said.
“We hope that men in our communities will be inspired and motivated to be change makers, along with us.”
Chau noted Perera’s work, which can also be viewed at Higherunlearning.com, explores “how society’s unattainable and harmful concepts of masculinity impact people of all genders.”
“We are asking Jeff to illuminate ways that boys and men can be engaged in systemic and cultural change within our school systems, universities and Indigenous communities,” she said.
Chau is steering the threeyear AWE Project, which entails three regional forums (one in each year). At these events, the three project partners — the
Strait Regional Centre for Education, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, and St. F.X. — will discuss the results of the project’s year one needs assessment work.
Organizers said the year two focus on action planning will be considered as participants collaborate and learn.