During my time at Ryerson I’ve come to appreciate a volunteer group on campus known as the White Ribbon Campaign. I’ve done a little volunteering with them, but their events have both inspired me to be a better man and have opened avenues of dialog that I was once afraid to talk about.
For the uninitiated, the White Ribbon Campaign is a group of men who are looking to end violence against women through responsibility, education and positive role modelling. Next Saturday they will be hosting their second-annual “What Makes A Man” conference, which brings in speakers and events to look “at how gender roles affect everyday scenarios for both men and women.”
In what hopes to be a great day of discussion (in small, 30 minute “living room” panels), What Makes A Man will engage both listeners and speakers in a number of talking points. Discussion is open and welcomed; I encourage you all (especially the gentlemen among us) to take the time to attend and reflect on some earnest dialog.
The event will be taking place in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre (ENG 103) at 245 Church St; admission is $10, or pay what you can. Lunch will be catered by Salad King. Schedule is as follows:
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN