Equality means equality for everyone.
The first story occurred recently when a father was talking about his 5 year old son with Autism. He was mentioning some of the hardships he faces, such as other kids teasing his son. For example, when his son gets excited or scared he shakes his arms. Another father then joined the conversation mentioning he has a 20 year old son with Autism. In a comforting way, he mentioned that his son still shakes his arms as well, but his true friends have stayed with him and accept him for who he is. This gentleman even provided the other father with some resources and programs available for children with Autism. It was a heartwarming moment.
The second story comes from the previous round of the program from earlier this year. One of the fathers had mentioned in an early session that he was very passive and discouraged about visitation and custody of his daughter. He was a benevolent and loving person and father, but did not have the will to fight a legal battle with his ex-wife. Over the course of the next few sessions, each of the other fathers contributed the knowledge they had to the group, and had encouraged this gentleman to see his daughter and that he was within his rights to ask for more custody. Furthermore, that his ex-wife was taking advantage by moving out of the city. The other members encouraged him that he had rights. One day he mentioned he had spent a weekend with his daughter and he fed her well and took her to the park and to meet some of his friends. Finally, this gentleman unexpectedly said that thanks to the other fathers, he had decided he would seek his old lawyer for legal advice and would fight to see his daughter. He even reached out to his ex-wife to tell her this, and to his surprise, she was okay with it.
– Giuliano Ricci
Canadian Centre for Men and Families Ontario West
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Toronto Radio Ads Seek to Expand MeToo to Include Male Victims
TORONTO, ON – (December 4, 2018) On the one year anniversary of MeToo, a new national campaign, the first of its kind, will cast a critical eye on the direction of the influential social movement, with radio ads starting today on a major Toronto radio station.
The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), a charity integrating boys and men into gender equality, is exploring the problems and the opportunities of MeToo through public service ads and various events.
“Beyond doubt the MeToo movement has catalyzed much needed awareness of the horrible experiences suffered by many women, but in several ways MeToo is missing the mark, and that’s a missed opportunity for everyone,” said Justin Trottier, CAFE Executive Director.
The central messages of CAFE’s campaign:
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality
The Canadian Association for Equality is committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.
First Major Federal Grant Lends Support to Our Government of Alberta Funding Application.
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CAFE has received its first major grant from the Government of Canada. And it could not be on a more timely subject.
We have been awarded $23,511, funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy, to conduct research aimed at exploring the extent to which domestic violence contributes to male homelessness.
We have commissioned an independent Research Coordinator to lead this project. The project involves conducting field work at homeless shelters and other agencies which serve the homeless population. This is our organization’s first major grant from the federal government and we are honoured by their support for this important and groundbreaking research project.
The result of this research will inform our work to open Toronto’s first Family Shelter for Abused Men and Children. Click here to support that project.
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