Fostering Healthy Masculinities in PEI

Today, there is a sense that boys are increasingly becoming victims of very narrow definitions of masculinity and both educators and parents/caregivers are unsure how this should be addressed. In addition, societies that enjoy higher levels of equality among genders are more likely to be rated as healthy, secure and wealthy. Addressing the needs of boys and helping them to navigate their way to manhood is an investment in their wellbeing and the wellbeing and increased status of women in our society.

Project Goals

  • To explore the impact of narrow and unhealthy interpretations of masculinity in our community
  • To expand understandings of masculinity and gender to include more expansive and healthy interpretations

Project Activities

  • Create curriculum for Grade 7 students, based on resources such as: Boy's Council, Girl's Circle , It's All About Youth and What About the Boys? (Summer 2018)
  • Pilot an eight workshop series with Grade seven students in 2 Island schools, one rural and one urban (Autumn 2018)
  • Organize a day long forum/conference highlighting key learnings from the project (February 2019)
  • Update What About the Boys? report and implement social media campaign related to engaging men and boys (Winter 2018)

Project Outcomes

  • Increased understanding and awareness of the damaging effects of narrow interpretations of masculinity, particularly among youth, adult men and the service providers working with these populations
  • Stronger network of people in the community working towards the common goal of dismantling unhealthy and toxic interpretations of masculinity; and fostering and encouraging healthy versions instead.

The project is funded by the PEI Interministerial Women's Secretariat.

Project Funder

Funded by PEI Interministerial Women's Secretariat

Interministerial Women's Secretariat