ICYMI: Our posts in May.

We had a lot to talk about in May, from our annual fundraising event Walk A Mile Toronto, how we use language to police gender, best practices for reaching gender balance and our thoughts about the amazing documentary A Better Man.

In case you missed any of these, we’ve recapped and linked them below:

May 2, 2017: A Better Man: Active Listening
There’s a scene in Attiya Khan’s documentary A Better Man that finds Attiya sitting on the curb outside the home she shared with her abuser, Steve. He’s sitting next to her as she recalls the memories of the daily violence that took place just on the other side of the walls they are looking at. His recollection is fuzzy at best, but he’s compassionate and pained to hear her story

May 2, 2017: A Better Man: Strengths-based Approaches
Tod Augusta-Scott of the Bridges Institute is a domestic violence counselor and researcher. He plays a critical role in the film mediating some of the exchanges between Attiya and Steve.

May 10, 2017: Let It Ripple 50:50
Today is 50/50 day! A fantastic campaign out of the US is launching today creating an amazing call to action around gender balance. We’re thrilled to see this taking place, and of course, love the lessons and shared learning about how we can all get behind this campaign.

May 15, 2017: A Short History of Men in High Heels
With our annual fundraising event, Walk a Mile, just two weeks away, I thought I’d dust off my recently retired historian cap and share a brief capsule about how heels weren’t always “her shoes”.

May 25, 2017: Derogatory Language Policing Masculinity
Blue language is commonplace; it can even be a sign of honesty. But there’s a difference between swearing and using homophobic, sexist or bigoted language. These are not your average swear words. They are designed to degrade their target.

Jun 2, 2017 (sneaking this one in): Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Raises $163,000 and Counting!
Just as the walkers rounded the corner from Bay to Queen St, it began to rain. We’re not talking about a soft spring mist, but rather a cold, heavy, November Rain™. T-shirts went up over back of heads, faces pinched tight against the cold, heels slid over the deadly streetcar tracks, but the pack of 600 walkers pressed on.

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