This past Thursday I had the privilege of attending Man Up conference 2018 held at City Hall. Over 250 students from various high schools participated. The conference started off with motivational words offered my Mayor Jim Watson followed by various key note speakers; Glen Canning, Moton Hopkins, and members of the original ManUp program initiated at Longfields-Davidson Heights High (LDHHS) School in 2014. Ian Mendes from TSN 1200 Emceed the session.
Each year young men are invited to the conference from across the city to join a conversation about collaboration and empowerment. Where every men and boys are called upon to challenge pre-existing mind-sets of sexual and domestic violence. To reject toxic ideologies pertaining to make domination of women and to adopt and reinforce values of mutuality and respect.
Violence against women is a global issue that exists in all corners of the world and in all parts of our communities. With the help of Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, LDHHS developed a functional model that can be implemented at the high school level engaging students to take action and promote this most important message. For more information about the ManUp program you can visit the following social media link.