BOOK SYNOPSIS: From founding the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest organized effort of men working to end violence against women, in the early 1990s, to his appointment as the only male member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Michael Kaufman has been a major figure in promoting social justice and women’s rights for decades. Now, in The Time Has Come, he issues a stirring call for men to mobilize in the movement for gender equality. Weaving together sociological data, personal experiences, and insights gleaned from decades of work with governments and NGOs around the globe, Kaufman explores topics ranging from domestic violence to parental leave, grappling with the ways in which a culture of toxic masculinity hurts women and men (and their children). Informative and provocative, The Time Has Come demonstrates how real gender equality creates advancements in both the workplace and the global economy, and urges men to become dedicated allies in dismantling the patriarchy.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Michael is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. He is a senior fellow at Instituto Promundo (Washington D.C. and Rio de Janiero) and co-writer of the State of the Worlds' Fathers Report. He is the sole male member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council created by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Ambassador Isabel Hudon. His work in the UN system, including with UN WOMEN, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, IFAD, and UNESCO has taken him to New York, Rome, Paris, Beijing, Katmandu, Ankara, Geneva, Nairobi, Jakarta, and Delhi. He has worked with numerous NGOs including OXFAM, International Red Cross, Save the Children, and Amnesty International, as well as with governments on six continents. He wrote the training program on sexual harassment used by tens of thousands of staff at the United Nations. He is the author or editor of eight books on gender issues, on democracy and development studies, including “A Guy's Guide to Feminism” (with Michael Kimmel) and “The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution” (House of Anansi Press, Jan. 15, 2019). He is the author of an award-winning novel, “The Possibility of Dreaming on a Night Without Stars” and the anti-war tale, “The Afghan Vampires Book Club”. His articles, which have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and journals around the world, have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish, Estonian, Russian, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian, Turkish, and Arabic. Michael previously taught at York University in Toronto where he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. He lives in Toronto, Canada, is married, and has a grown daughter and son.
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QUESTIONS: Laura Lawton
Program Assistant, Rotman Initiative for Women in Business