Educators, coaches, youth and business leaders gather to explore masculinity and a world free from violence
November 09, 2017
Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is hosting their annual prevention summit, #ReimagineManhood: Exploring Gender Equity, Racial Justice, and Healthy Masculinities, on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA 01608.
This summit brings together anti-violence educators and preventionists, activists, community organizers, human services, youth development and health care providers, educators, employers, coaches, and allies to learn, share, and network. Participants will explore the INTERSECTIONS between gender equity, racial justice, and healthy masculinities; the IMPACT these issues may have on survivors of gender-based and community violence; the primary prevention and community organizing OPPORTUNITIES (including initiatives led by men) to foster safety and justice; the need to UNPACK our understanding of masculinity beyond cisgender men; and the ROLES that each person can play to foster a society where everyone can be their full and authentic selves free from fear and violence.
Keynote Speaker: Byron Hurt is an activist, lecturer, writer, award-winning documentary filmmaker. His films include “Hip Hop: From Beats and Rhymes” and a new project called “Hazing.” Byron has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about gender violence, race, music, visual media, and food justice. (Byron is available for interviews.)
This summit will also initiate the 2018 Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, a platform that invites all men and boys to be part of the solution to prevent gender-based violence.
Debra J. Robbin, Executive Director of JDI, explained the goal and vision behind the #ReimagineManhood Summit: “Every day we learn of a tragedy in our community connected to gender-based violence and are reminded that we must shift the culture wherein this violence thrives. By highlighting positive and effective prevention strategies and encouraging both public and private conversations regarding toxic masculinity, we can transform society and get one step closer to a time where everyone can live safe and secure.”
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For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact Toni Troop, JDI’s Director of Communications and Development, at 617-557-1807 or email@example.com.