Whether on television (CTV News Channel’s Kevin Newman Live) on Radio (CBC Metro Morning) or in print (Toronto’s Metro News) White Ribbon’s Jeff Perera is a voice engaging generations of men and young men around new ideas of manhood and a future without violence.
Plan to bring Jeff, Community Engagement Manager for White Ribbon, to your organization, community or campus for an engaging multimedia discussion about masculinity, how we create ideas of gender and how it affects all our lives and relationships!
Watch Jeff’s TEDx talk ‘Words Speak Louder Than Actions’ exploring the impact we all make.
Unpacking the Man Box
- A multimedia presentation and interactive talk where Jeff explore how we create ideas of gender, masculinity using the formula “Manhood = Proving you are not a Woman” as we look at how that impacts men & boys and how they can become part of a change for all of us! (also: ‘Unpacking the Man Box: A Masculinity & Sports talk’)
The Gender of Success and Failure
- We have assigned a gender to the concepts of success and failure: defining masculine traits as those of success and have feminized ideas of failure, Bring Jeff to deliver his talk on how these concepts (i.e. the fear of ‘striking out’, valuing domination and devaluing connection) impact us from the boardroom, to the classroom to the dating scene.
How Homophobia impacts Heterosexual Dudes / Hetero Male Athletes too
- A multimedia chat over video clips and stories, on how Homophobia plays a role in the lives of Straight peoples/Hetero Male Athletes too! Let’s explore how we need to shift and transform a culture where we are all policed into harmful and limiting ideas around gender and sexuality. We will identify the connection between homophobia, toxic-masculinity and sexism, and how together we can make inclusive spaces where everyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity, can reach their full potential!
Portraits of Masculinity
- An interactive presentation where Jeff guides us through discussions in response to a series of video clips from classic and iconic television shows and films demonstrating various portrayals of manhood and masculinity.
About Jeff Perera
Jeff Perera is a Community Engagement Manager for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort to engage men and boys in re-imaging masculinity and helping end violence against women. Jeff speaks to people from all walks of life (from organizations to community spaces to grade school, high school and post-secondary students) about how society’s unattainable concepts of masculinity are effecting men and boys as well as impacting women and girls. Jeff also started Higher Unlearning, the online space to explore how ideas of gender and masculinity play out in everyday life.
He is the director of the annual discussion-focused ‘What Makes a Man’ White Ribbon Conference and was event director for the first TEDxWomen event in Toronto, Canada. Jeff was named to Racism Free Ontario’s Top 100 Person of Colour list spotlighting anti-racism activists. Jeff’s awareness-raising initiatives to create inclusive spaces for people of all walks of life have earned him numerous human rights & equity awards.
Follow @jeffperera on Twitter
Now in over 60 countries, the White Ribbon Campaign is the world’s largest effort to engage men in ending violence against women.
**Other examples of Jeff’s work**