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Violence against women is a men’s issue too

December 6th, 2012 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media

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Men and women attending a workshop about gender-based violence emerge with a focus on working together for change

Jackson Katz is a social theorist, educator, anti-sexism activist and a major advocate of the ‘bystander approach’ to gender violence and bullying prevention. Instead of focusing on women as victims and men as perpetrators of harassment, abuse or violence, the bystander approach concentrates on the role of peers in schools, groups, teams, workplaces and other social units.  [source: Wikipedia]

Katz was in Nanaimo in late November 2012 to present an evening event, a leadership breakfast, and a workshop for professionals in the field—organized by Haven Society. Haven provides services to women, children, youth and families who have experienced violence.

Grant Waldman is executive director of West Coast Men’s Support Society and Lesley Clarke is executive director of Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society. They attended Jackson Katz’s workshop for professionals working to prevent violence against women, and they join us to share their thoughts and comments.

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Image: Grant Waldman and women in conversation after the Jackson Katz workshop.
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