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Men’s panel takes a look at current men’s issues

October 6th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media

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From men’s rights to domestic violence, we convene a men’s panel to focus on current issues

picture 589When a men’s rights group working against “bigotry that is routinely practiced against men and boys in this culture” planned its first major conference this year, protesters were fighting for the event to be cancelled (see The Huffington Post). The push for “men’s rights” has for some time been a hotly-debated concept—and has been seen as a push-back against hard-won rights for women.

The entire discussion seems to be a minefield of political, social, economic, and sexual hot buttons. (See our list of links below for more information and discussion.) We’re convening a men’s panel on People First Radio to speak about current men’s issues, from men’s mental health to dealing with domestic violence.

We speak with Theo Boere, executive director of the Nanaimo-based Men’s Centre, Grant Waldman, executive director of the Duncan-based West Coast Men’s Support Society, and with Jonathan Buchanan, who works with men’s support groups in Comox and Courtenay.

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RELATED | The Huffington Post: Controversial Men’s Rights Conference Sparks Backlash (May 29, 2014) | A Voice for Men website: International Conference on Men’s Issues – Detroit – June 26-28 2014 | TED talk: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue (Jackson Katz) | Men and Mental Health Stigma | The Vancouver Sun (Douglas Todd): Unprecedented effort to improve men’s mental health (August 21, 2014) | The Varsity (University of Toronto): Men’s rights activists call for creation of “Men’s Centre” (Sept. 30, 2013) |

Image: Participants at a Rally for Men and Boys in Crisis. MICHAEL CHAHLEY/THE VARSITY
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