At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
For me, it was a process. My feminism came about thru reading, listening, and reflecting on the challenges faced by women given their gender. It was further reinforced, many years ago, when I heard that 1 in 3 women worldwide experience violence by a man throughout their lifetime. As a male, learning of that was equal parts shocking and upsetting. Following the after-shock I knew that more men being involved was crucial to preventing violence against women and girls.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
I remember being inspired by Jackson Katz’s TED Talk. In his talk, he stresses a paradigm-shifting perspective on the issues of gender violence - sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children. Katz argued “Calling gender violence, a women's issue is a problem. These are men's issues, first and foremost.” That’s always stuck with me.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
On the community-level, #WeCanBeBetter @WCBB__ tries to encourage/empower men to stand up against gender violence through grassroots initiatives funded by micro-grants. Towards this effort, its mission is to grow and build a community of better men by getting them more actively involved in tackling systemic matters that negatively impact women. There’s substantial research that men can be key players in preventing violence against women. Thus, it’s important to create local initiatives that raise the consciousness of men about the prevalence and issues surrounding male violence towards women.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
I truly believe that one day we can live in world where all forms of gender-based violence is eliminated. Different societies in different times have proven it’s possible. However, as we speak many men remain apathetic to the problem. This must stop. It’s time to move beyond shrinking men’s share of the responsibility to end gender violence. When women experience violence in their relationships, at home, or around their kids it continues to create massive barriers to achieving gender equality.
How I Define Feminism:
At heart, I’m an advocate passionate about advancing gender equality through research, strength-based education, and public engagement. Throughout my journey, I’ve focused on issues such as: campus sexual assault, rape culture, and gender-based violence prevention.
Professionally, I work for victim services in Canada’s capital city. At the community-level, I began a solidarity movement called #WeCanBeBetter @WCBB__. It strives to highlight that all men have a part to play in the prevention of violence against women, while fostering innovative ways for them to get involved with addressing the problem. For more info: