You are a Father

If you think you’re not ready for the cover of Male Model Magazine, here’s news: You’re a model whether you auditioned for the role or not. If you’re a dad, the boys in your life are watching you. They’re soaking up experiences for reference and use. And the things you say and do will help shape their attitudes on gender-based violence. Get stories, tips, videos and tools to help you raise and mentor boys who value women and girls and treat them with respect.   Access the new I’m A Male Model Brochure via downloadable PDF.

In 2012, White Ribbon surveyed 1000 Ontario Men on their attitude towards gender-based violence (GBV). While men in Ontario think it is important that male political and business leaders, faith leaders, celebrities, and athletes speak out against violence against women, they believe it is especially important that fathers educate their sons about healthy, equal relationships.

As a father or father figure, you have the ability to positively influence your son. Promoting gender equality and teaching the boys in your life about healthy equal relationships helps you do your part in creating healthy families and strengthening family bonds.

Teaching our sons how to achieve consent, set boundaries, use respectful communication in all their relationships and value women and girls is something we can all do.

We are proud to present Give Love, Get Love: Involved Fathers and Gender Equity, a study that explored the positive roles that fathers, organizations working with diverse fathers, and the fatherhood sector in Ontario in general can play in promoting gender equality, healthy, equal relationships, and ending violence against women in all its forms. The Involved Father and Gender Equity project was a collaborative effort between White Ribbon Campaign and Dad Central.

The data for the study consisted of several modalities including focus groups, surveys of fathers who participated in the focus groups, interviews with stakeholders and professionals working on engaging fathers, and a preliminary environmental scan of the services available to fathers in Ontario.

Fifty-three (53) fathers took part in nine focus groups in communities across Ontario. The information regarding their experiences comprises the majority of the findings in this document. The following are the major findings associated with this research.

Please click the link below to access the full PDF copy of The Involved Father and Gender Equity report,  available in English.


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