Images From Last Night’s Opening Session

Via FA & CJ:


“There is no going back now…”

Opening Session

One, two skip a few, ninety-nine, four hundred and fifty.

To say that it has been a mind blowing day is an understatement. As the delegates came flooding into the atrium it became impossible for me to ignore that we are no longer a few guys toiling away, almost unseen, in a bleak corner of downtown Toronto.

I have had some excellent conversations, some off the record and on the beach, but all reaffirming the importance of this work.

The Opening Session got off to a late start, which is to be expected when you gather so many people from so many places around the globe, together for the first time to discuss and engage men and boys on social norms and gender equity. Putting faces to email addresses produces a gush of “WE HAVE SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!”

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director UNAIDS, said it best during his Opening Sessions speach; “this is not just a meeting, it is a revolution in practice.”

Tomorrow the sessions beging in earnest. Here is my schedule for tomorrow:

9:00am: Dialogue with Women’s Rights Movements
11:00am: Including Men and Masculinities in Gender Equity Policies
2:30pm: Men, Masculinity and Gender-Based Violence
4:30pm: Engaging Men to Precent Violence Against Women and Girls

You can read the full week’s program here (PDF).

The title quote was from the Opening Session speach from by Inés Alberidi, Executive Director of UNIFEM. After these four days in Rio, there will be no turning back from engaging men and boys, addressing social norms and gender inequalities.


Posteos en español

En este sitio también pondremos posteos en español.
Hoy lunes se realizó una reunión de la red global menengage, con cerca de 40 participantes. Se sigue articulando una red global.
El congreso comenzará en 40 minutos, con una inauguración en el hotel intercontinental, en san conrado, Rio de Janeiro Brasil. Sera cerca de 450 personas de todo el mundo, que trabajan con masculinidades y equidad de género en multiplicidad de temáticas.

20 Hours And A TAM Sandwhich.

It took about 20 hours but we’ve finally made it to Rio. Aside from a minor snafu at the Sao Paulo security checkpoint and luggage with an identity crisis, everything went very smoothly.

Tonight we’re decompressing from our travels and acclimatizing to the humidity (and density) of Rio. We went out to an amazingly tasty sushi restaurant, then wandered aimlessly around a very claustrophobic, colourful grocery store that also had the widest selection of beers I’ve never heard of.

Tomorrow we deal with some logistics, try and find a mouse for the laptop (this thing does not like to travel) meet and great other delegates as the they trickle in and maybe even hit the beach if it’s not raining too hard.

36 Hours!

logo-grandeThe office is buzzing with energy as we fine tune the logistics of our participation in the Global Symposium Engaging Men & Boys in Gender Equality.

It was a bit of a battle, learning, tweaking, editing but I think I was able to put together a PowerPoint presentation that might actualy turn out alright.  Excited to see it on a big screen.

There will be a longer version available online once I figure out how to convert it to video.

See you in Rio!

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Welcome to White Ribbon Canada’s Engaging Men Symposium blog.

From March 30th – April 3rd visit this space to keep up to date on the goings on of this unique symposium, bringing together White Ribbon Campaigns from over 55 countries around the globe to  share ideas and best practices around community mobilization.