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Program Planning, Curriculum and Workshop Ideas

Considerations for project planning your male engagement GBV prevention program

Interested in utilizing some of the activities and tools which have emerged from gender-based violence prevention programming from coast to coast? Look no further, and explore examples of conducting needs assessments, workshop planning, and integrating multi-media resources.  Adaptation is encouraged to ensure your target participants get the most out of the program.

Les EssentiElles

Needs Assessment Report: Engaging Men and Boys in Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Yukon (April 2014)

Engagement Strategy Selection Report- Engaging Yukon Men and Boys (April 2014)

White Ribbon

Issue Brief: Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence. Status of Women Canada, 2011. Minerson, Todd, H. Carolo, T. Dinner, C. Jones.

Students Commission of Canada

Top Left: Engaging Young Men and Boys- Gender-Based Analysis Report

White Ribbon Canada Theory of Change

Chrysalis House Association and Juniper House

Needs Assessment and Asset Map

Content planning for your male engagement program : Curriculum and Workshop Ideas

Les EssentiElles, Whitehorse, Yukon

Broadway Neighbourhood Center, Winnipeg, MB

CAFI, Moncton, NB

  • Bilingual Toolkit: Engaging men and boys to promote healthy relationships (CAFI, Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Center)

About the resource: To offer info to interested participants on how to engage men and boys in addressing GBV. Train the trainers approach- engage male leaders from diverse cultures to facilitate workshops in their respective communities; To explore engagement strategies, To better understand domestic violence and its dynamics to intervene with perpetrators and victims. Features 4 sections: GBA+, GBV, Facilitation and engagement, men’s empowerment in addressing violence against women

Chrysalis House Association and Juniper House, Nova Scotia

Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters, Edmonton, AB

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Representative media coverage:

Changing Ways, London, ON

Week 1: Understanding sexual violence and gender bullying

  • Goals:
    • Broadening our understanding of sexual violence and gender bullying
    • Finding language together that is accessible and fits

Week 2: Unpacking masculinity

  • Goals: Allow the boys to name the difficulties and pressure of being a man, but also understand the privilege that comes with it

Week 3: Understanding cyberbullying and its impacts

  • Goals: Understand what cyberbullying is and how its harmful

Week 4: Bystander Intervention

  • Goals: Have youth recognize how “Intervening” is not only important but there are tons of ways by which to engage

Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Toolkit Overview:

  • Introduction
  • Using this toolkit safely
  • Part 1- Starting a Men’s Group
  • Part 2- Healing activities
  • Group templates
  • Training
  • Funding opportunities
  • Contacts for support

Pilimmaksarniq, Engaging Men and Boys in Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls

Students Commission of Canada, Toronto, ON

White Ribbon, Toronto, ON

Canadian And Global Resources


United States


Watch Change Happen: Multi-media to integrate into your program

Explore the creative juices of the National CoP partners and White Ribbon to engage men and boys to prevent gender-based violence.  Consider if some of these resources will work in your local context, and be inspired.  Arts-based and creative approaches can positively impact young people to encourage their gender expression and identity, and exploring positive and supportive roles men and boys can play.

Explores the experience of a local Winnipeg hip hop artist -explores his approach to music, his respect/value for women in song writing, advice to other young men
Developed by Broadway Neighbourhood Center
BRAVE program youth interview Winnipeg locals and director from Studio 393
Developed by Broadway Neighbourhood Center
Video: Leading Change: Inspired Communities and CFL Project
Developed by the Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters

Interview with School Resource Officers
Developed by the Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters
Top Left Video: What did this program mean to you?
Developed by the Students Commission of Canada