Kaufman Session

Tuesday Afternoon Plenary
28 June, 1:45 PM

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman is an educator and writer focused on engaging men and boys to promote gender equality and end violence against women. Over the past three-and-half decades, he has worked in nearly 50 countries, including extensive work with the United Nations, numerous governments, NGOs, businesses, trade unions, and universities. He cofounded the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. He is the author or editor of eight books and his articles have been translated into 16 languages. He is the coauthor of the recent State of the World’s Fathers report and is a leader of MenCare, an international network with the goal of men doing half the care work on the planet. His latest book, The Afghan Vampires Book Club, (co-written with Gary Barker) is an anti-war novel. Married with two grown children, he lives in Toronto, Canada.

Keynote: Global Citizens, Global Partners: Transforming the Lives of Boys and Men

Longstanding ideals of manhood and a history of male domination have kept men in positions of power around the world. Yet, increasingly, women everywhere are fighting for equality in homes and workplaces, in religious institutions and politics. They are working hard to end violence against women. Now, more and more boys and men are supporting gender equality. As we rethink our ideals of manhood, we discover not only the negative consequences for women but in a paradoxical way, to men ourselves. This talk explores ways we can move forward in positive and powerful ways to see how we, as educators, can contribute to gender equality, respectful relationships, and the transformation of the lives of boys and men.