Addressing Gender Violence

Student leaders learn to reduce and prevent gender violence

On Tuesday, December 4, student leaders from each Lakehead Public Schools elementary and secondary school will be attending the Engaging Male Students to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence workshop and training session. The students in Grades 7 to 10 will learn skills to help them to be effective leaders on the issue of gender-based violence and to help them to organize events in their schools to commemorate National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on Thursday, December 6. The day is supported by the White Ribbon Campaign.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to receive training on the issue of gender based violence and to take what they learn back to their respective schools,” says Jeff Upton, Lakehead Public Schools Education Officer and workshop organizer. “We are very excited to have a number of committed presenters who act as positive, strong role models for the young men and boys as they demonstrate their value of women as equals.”

Presentations include:
Human Rights & Human Wrongs
Mahejabeen Ebrahim, Human Rights and Equity Advisor
Lakehead Public Schools

Resolving Anger Issues in Relationships
Jack Cleverdon and Jon Smith, CFDC Family Development Centre

Gender Issues in the Workplace
Rob Barrett and Wendy Koehler, YES Employment Services

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin – I Am A Kind Man
Marco Pasinelli and Nathaniel Moses, Indigenous Friendship Centre

Healthy Relationships
Raija Begall and Robyn Daley, Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Messages in the Music
Jeff Upton, Lakehead Public Schools

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls. White Ribbon positively engages men, young men and boys through relevant educational programming that challenges language and behaviours, as well as harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women.