Dr. Katz speaks out against violence

By Contributor
April 14th, 2011

At some point during their lifetime, about one in four women in B.C. experience violence at the hands of someone that they know. In Canada, every 15 seconds a woman is battered by someone she loves and trusts.

Domestic violence profoundly affects individuals, families and communities. Together with community partners, non-profit agencies are planning activities during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week (Apr. 19 – 23) to draw attention to violence and encourage action to end it. 

On Apr. 15 in Grand Forks, the Boundary Women’s Transition House and RCMP Victim Services will host a symposium with Dr. Jackson Katz.

Dr. Katz is a leading anti-sexist male activist, and an educator, author and filmmaker in the field of gender violence prevention. Dr. Katz will offer an afternoon workshop from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Grand Forks Curling Club. He will also speak at a leadership dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Curling Club. Call 250 442-3131 for further information.

An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. He is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students. Please participate in these community events and join the call for action now. Women and girls are being victimized today, in every city and town in B.C. From Apr. 19 – 23, let us honour the lives of the women lost and those surviving violence and abuse.

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