ABOUT

Vision

A city where all Edmontonians have the opportunity, knowledge, and skills to build and maintain healthy relationships and communities free from violence and abuse.

Mission

To improve overall community health in Edmonton through supporting and promoting healthy masculinities, men’s well-being and healthy relationships, in order to prevent male-perpetrated violence and related negative outcomes.

Goals

  • Promote healthy masculinities & healthy relationships

  • Empower men to recognize and speak out against violence

  • Encourage and support men in taking on positive roles in the community

Core Values

  • We believe that no person deserves violence

  • We believe that current gender-roles and perceptions of masculinity contribute to gender-based violence.   

  • We are a pro-feminist organization

  • We believe that all individuals have the ability to contribute to making Edmonton a safe and healthy city and strive to support them in doing so

  • We believe that men and boys need to become leaders in the prevention of male-perpetrated violence as they are uniquely situated to influence their peers

  • We believe that all men and boys have an important role to play in their communities and are vital to society as a whole

  • We believe in empowering people to make healthy choices that benefit themselves and others, not shaming them into further alienation

  • We believe in giving people accurate information and sharing knowledge to allow them to make informed decisions about their attitudes and behaviours.

  • We support other positive community initiatives and work collaboratively

  • We recognize that gender discrimination and bias stems from, and are reinforced by, unquestioned gender roles, these should be challenged, personally and systemically.

  • We believe that people want to be the best version of themselves and have healthy relationships.

Current Initiatives

This Is What It Feels Like

This Is What It Feels Like (or TIWIFL) is a travelling auditory art exhibit, created by California artist Terra Lopez, designed to draw awareness of, and start discussions about, the negative impact of street harassment and catcalling. With our partners, the City of Edmonton and Hollaback Alberta, we have set up TIWIFL in several spots around Edmonton since 2017. 

TIWIFL aims to shift public attitudes around street harassment and catcalling by simulating being on the receiving end of it. Participants enter a dimly lit booth with a pair of headphones and a mirror. After putting the headphones on, participants listen to voice recordings of objectifying and harassing comments, reproduced verbatim from a survey of people in Edmonton who have experienced it in their daily lives. The experience is open to everyone, however men are particularly encouraged to take part. The experience can be intense and may be triggering for some, thus staff and other support resources are available on site. The experience is open to those aged 18 and over, though we welcome conversations with people of all ages.

Some of the things people have said after experiencing TIWIFL:

  • “Familiar/Unsettling"

  • “Even though I haven't directly experienced this, I must recognize how horrific it is for those who do"

  • “Depressing”


If you have suggestions for locations and events to set up TIWIFL, please email info@menedmonton.org. We'd love to hear from you. 

Wolf Pack YEG

Presented by Men Edmonton in Collaboration with Next Gen Men
In 2018 Men Edmonton was offered an exciting opportunity to partner with Next Gen Men and bring their acclaimed Wolf Pack model to Edmonton.

The purpose of Wolf Pack is to hold space to engage men in conversations around gender to improve men’s health and wellbeing, reduce all forms of violence, and promote gender equity. We hope that in doing so we can create a community of men in Edmonton who will be leaders in ending gender-based violence, and that they will find support in one another to improve their own health and well-being.

Interested in attending a Wolf Pack event? We will keep you posted through our monthly newsletter and our social media, and now the website calendar!

Interesting in partnering with us on a Wolf Pack event? We love getting door prizes to award to participants, ideas for new venues, or guest speakers! Please share your ideas with us by contacting us on social media, or by email at gvillegas@menedmonton.org.

 

Men Edmonton Overview of Activities

2014-2017

 
 
 

HISTORY

ME - Men Edmonton is a community driven initiative formed in 2013 in response to the lack of strength based, peer based supports for men in Edmonton. The group was started by several men working in the oil industry who were tired of the lack of engagement from male peers in important social issues that affect the community.

Their environmental scan revealed that men were viewed mostly as perpetrators of violence rather than as agents of positive change and that it was possible to improve the situation. After community consultations with those working in the field, it was established that no regular, ongoing work was being done through a strength based, peer based, gender transformative, stakeholder approach in the City of Edmonton to actively engage both men and boys in the prevention of violence against women (VAW).

The most current research and literature at the time suggested that these are the most promising approaches to engaging men and boys in the prevention of VAW. Recognizing that VAW is an epidemic problem in Edmonton, the group began as a White Ribbon campaign focusing on the primary prevention of VAW.

The initiative quickly transformed into a grassroots movement of Edmontonians demanding an end to all male-perpetrated violence, displacing anti-social, and unhealthy behaviours and attitudes stemming from the rigid social norms associated with culturally-dominant masculinities. The scale and community demand made it necessary to form a more structured network, leading to the Men’s Engagement Network Edmonton (MEN Edmonton/ME).  

 

 
 

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