International Women’s Day

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Canadians making strides toward gender equality

Growing up in a household where Jeff Perera’s father was abusive towards his mother had an impact on his perception of gender identification. “I had this very warped idea from him that this is my ultimate role model and you either rebel against it or repeat these cycles,” Perera said. “It was an opening for me to kind of explore these issues.” Today Jeff Perera is the community and youth engagement manager for the White Ribbon campaign. His organization delivers talks and facilitates workshops to engage men about the effects of gender inequality and violence against women. This week, the campaign also acknowledged International Women’s Day (IWD).