This project takes a school-based approach that builds the capacity of student and educator leaders in elementary and secondary schools across Ontario to address the root causes of sexual violence and harassment through the promotion of healthy relationships.
Everything from sexist jokes to stalking, harassment and assault contributes to a culture that condones and supports sexual violence (Draw-the-Line, 2016). Teaching students the importance of healthy relationships is a key component to preventing and ending sexual violence and harassment. School-based approaches such as this engage children and youth early and often in conversations and activism focusing on healthy relationships, consent, nurturing mutual respect, and being conscientious of their well-being and the well-being of others.
Good news! We recently held a series of webinars led by experts at Draw the Line, Egale Canada, and White Ribbon. These online sessions discussed topics such as consent, respect, healthy and toxic masculinities, and gender. The recordings and descriptions of these online trainings are now available to all schools! Watch them now on our YouTube channel.
Webinar: Drawing the Line on Transphobic and Sexual Violence
Presenter: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
Webinar: White Ribbon Campaign: Our Future Has No Violence Against Women
Presenter: White Ribbon Canada
Webinar: How to Draw-The-Line
In November Ophea brought together over 100 youth and educators from 26 schools across Ontario for a Campaign Messengers Training. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the event!
All participating schools are invited to a 1.5-day in-person Peer-Sharing Celebration Event hosted by Ophea, June 6 - 7, 2017 at the YMCA Cedar Glen in Schomberg, ON (travel, accommodation and supply costs to be covered by Ophea). Stay tuned for pictures from the event!
This project is also available in French under the name "Agents/Agentes de campagne : Passez à l'action !"
Campaign Messengers: Taking a Stand! is funded by the Government of Ontario.