Saskatoon’s first “Feminist Summer Camp” will involve much more than women talking about women’s rights.
“Women are not yet at an equal level, but I think feminism is about equality of gender. Feminism is for everybody,” said co-ordinator Tanya Andrusieczko.
She said the camp, which begins May 26, will offer sessions on the objectification of women in the media and pop culture. But they’ll also cover topics such as gender identity among First Nations and other cultural groups or women in politics. There will also be a panel of men talking about their support for feminist principles, she said.
“Men are allies in the feminist movement,” she said.
Andrusieczko notes men also face pressure to conform to unreasonable societal standards.
“Guys have to be tough and keep their emotions under wraps. That can suppress honesty and lead to aggression.
“That’s not fair to men,” she said.
The camp is designed to promote connections that will last beyond this year. Participants will learn ways to promote feminist philosophy and gender equality and “counter-narratives” among their peers and family, on social media and in the wider media.
She said many gains have been made in recent decades, but women still face discrimination and inequality.
“We’ve come a long way, but there’s much more that needs to be done,” said Andrusieczko.
The camp runs for 10 consecutive Monday evenings. Most sessions will be held in a classroom at the Saskatoon Food Bank, with a few in community gardens or other locations.
Women and men are welcome, and up to 30 participants can take part.
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