The Current

Men need to get involved in the fight against sexism and misogyny in Canada

After the Montreal massacre 25 years ago, a movement was created to end violence against women. We're asking what wider role men should be playing in that.
In the span of two weeks, the issue of silence and shame around sexual assault has appeared to have encouraged women across the country and even the globe to turn up the volume and speak out. But those who see this as hopeful progress are listening for other voices as well - the Voices of Men. Today, we hear from two men on what they see as their role in the struggle to overcome sexism and violence against women.
I don't think we have a problem in Canada much. Our culture in Canada is different totally.Young men at the University of Calgary were asked how they think Canadian men treat women.

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Across the country, it's become a subject of intense debate.

It's partly because of the allegations concerning Jian Ghomeshi ... about the allegations of sexual harassment on Parliament Hill and about death threats some women received after speaking about #Gamergate.

And most recently, about efforts to keep Julien Blanc out of Canada. He calls himself a pick up artist and gives workshops on how to target women.

The Current often covers these stories and hears from women affected by sexism and violence. Today, we're asking what role men can play in stopping it.

  • Glen is the father of a teenager who took her life after being sexually assaulted at a party. For legal reasons, we're prevented from fully identifying Glen or his daughter.

  • Jeff Perera is a Community Engagement Manager with the White Ribbon Campaign -- a worldwide movement aimed at ending violence against women. He was in our Toronto studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Marc Apollonio.


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