Pioneering activist Jackson Katz shines a ‘Spotlight on Men & Gender Equality’


HAMDEN, CT – 02-04-2019 ( — Connecticut Women’s Consortium’s Spotlight Series features events designed to challenge participants to confront their own biases and beliefs and conceptualize innovative ways to address community issues. In April, we are honored to welcome back Jackson Katz, Ph.D., an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. As the #MeToo movement demands different approaches to gender violence prevention, Katz’s bystander model points the way forward with its focus on male peer culture dynamics and a culture of silence that allows sexism and misogyny to be normalized.

This program will challenge participants to conceptualize new ways for men to actively participate in movements traditionally viewed as being rooted in “women’s issues.” Through lecture, panel discussion, and experiential exercises participants will be challenged to understand the ways in which men can and should take an active role in promoting gender equality through collaboration, advocacy, education, and role modeling. Speakers will discuss strategies for men to work alongside women to change social norms that allow sexist and abusive behaviors to continue. This workshop will also pay particular attention to the role of men in preventing sexual harassment and violence against women.The afternoon session will include Kane Smego, an international touring spoken word poet and Hip Hop Artist, educator, and National Poetry Slam finalist. Kane will electrify participants with an individual performance before facilitating a panel discussion covering diversity, inclusion, and social justice.Spotlight on Men & Gender Equality will be held April 3, 2019, 9am – 4:30pm at The Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, Connecticut.The mission of Connecticut Women’s Consortium is to ensure that the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women and the people and organizations that affect them. Envisioning an accessible, effective behavioral health care system that practices holistic, trauma-informed and gender-responsive care, Connecticut Women’s Consortium educates all levels of personnel, impacting thousands of clients in underserved communities through interactions with their service providers. For more information, visit

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