NFB, YMCA Partnership Against Violence

(TORONTO, ON) – From politics, to the arts, to academia, to the world of sports, public attention is focused on violence against women as never before. On January 30, beginning at 1:00 pm ET, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and YWCA Canada are offering a one-hour virtual classroom geared to post-secondary students, educators, and social service workers, entitled Gender Matters.

It will teach young people how they can become leaders in their communities by inspiring change and creating a safer and more compassionate society.

Gender Matters will enable students and groups across Canada and the United States to take part, via the Internet, as three outstanding activists and role models answer pre-selected questions from registrants in a panel discussion at the Young Women’s National Leadership Summit, taking place January 29 to February 1, in Muskoka.

Presented in collaboration with the Summit, Gender Matters will feature Kim Katrin Crosby, a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of the People Project, Farrah Khan, a nationally recognized speaker and educator on violence against women, and Jessica Bolduc, the Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement for indigenous youth.

The discussion will be moderated by Ann Decter, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for YWCA Canada.

To register, visit online. The registration fee for the event is $40 for CAMPUS subscribers and $50 for non-subscribers.

CAMPUS subscribers wishing to take part in Gender Matters can contact the NFB for their special promotional code.

Many Canadian ministries of education and school boards already have CAMPUS subscriptions. To find out if your school is a CAMPUS subscriber or to purchase a new subscription, educators can contact the NFB.

In the United States, call 1-800-542-2164.

Once registered, participants will have access to Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada, which documents the history of the women’s movement and explores the state of women’s rights today, as well as a resource guide for teachers available through CAMPUS.

Registrants will have the chance to submit questions that may be addressed by panellists during the one-hour discussion. Questions must be submitted by January 26.

The event is closed captioned.

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