About the Toolkit - CoP
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About The Toolkit

We use the terms men and boys throughout this toolkit, but this can also include people who are male-identified, trans, or identify across the gender spectrum.
We also acknowledge the shifting and evolving nature of gender, and that it intersects with race, class, sexualities, abilities, age and other categories.


  • To provide an online space to profile the dynamic engaging men and boys programming arising from the nine national CoP project partners
  • To explore concrete ways in which male and female-identified individuals, those who identify across the gender spectrum, and broader communities, can work together to prevent gender-based violence
  • To provide practical guidance for practitioners (at various experience levels) who would like to develop, implement and evaluate programming which explores gender, healthy masculinity, ultimately to prevent gender-based violence and address root causes
  • To add to the evidence-base and promising practices for gender-based violence prevention

How to use this toolkit

Whether you are a practitioner, youth leader or someone interested in promoting healthy masculinities, preventing gender-based violence, this toolkit is for you. Visit “About You” below to determine which resources are right for you. We have identified specific publications and resources which relate to program planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

To gain a deeper perspective of how the National community of practice partners have implemented their male engagement initiative, visit the Case Study section.

Interested in sharing feedback with us? Visit Contact Page to provide your feedback on this resource.

About You

  • I’m interested in promoting healthy masculinities, supporting survivors in my community and preventing gender-based violence (I might identify as male, female, gender neutral, trans, or identify across the gender spectrum)
  • I’m a youth leader, practitioner or represent a community based organization interested in how to approach, develop, implement and evaluate programming with men/boys to better respond and prevent gender-based violence

How this toolkit is organized

This toolkit explores important facts regarding gender-based violence in Canada, and background on understanding gender identities. If you’re interested in ways to start, sustain or deepen a gender-based violence prevention initiative, this toolkit provides concrete tools, activities and curriculum. See table of contents to quickly identify which resources are right for you.


This toolkit would not be possible without the innovative work and in-kind contributions of Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters (ACWS), Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement francophone des immigrants du Sud-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick (CAFI), Changing Ways, Chrysalis House Association, Les EssentiElles, Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and Students Commission of Canada. White Ribbon thanks each of the nine project partners for their support, expertise and enthusiasm to advance our collective vision to prevent gender-based violence and promote girls and women’s right to live free from all forms of violence.