Who We Are
Since 2011 MentorAction has been raising awareness about the role men play in gendered violence and working to come up with strategies to redefine masculinity and make Hamilton and safer place.
MentorAction is a volunteer committee comprised of men in leadership roles in Hamilton, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. There are representatives on this committee from all different fields, from health and social services to education and media.
Our Vision and Mission
Vision: To make Hamilton a safer place by eliminating all forms of violence.
Mission: To engage men as leaders in the campaign to end gender-based violence through the implementation of communication and mentorship strategies.
Research shows men are more likely than any other gender to both be responsible for and to be a recipient of a violent crime. Although men commit violent acts against women and other genders, it is male-on-male violence that is most common in Hamilton.
Interval House of Hamilton facilitated a survey in 2012, and of the male respondents:
- 97% said males need to be involved in ending violence against women
- 94% said male leaders need to be involved
- 96% said living in a home without violence builds safe cities
MentorAction’s Key Roles
- Continue to engage male leaders in the prevention of gender-based violence to redefine masculinity without violence
- Develop resources, tools & supports to help male leaders talk about GBV & become role models for re-defining masculinity without violence
- Work in partnership and consultation with a range of community partners to ensure our strategies are complementary and we support the work of other agencies with the same goal
History of MentorAction
In 2011 a grant was awarded by The Status of Women Canada to Interval House of Hamilton to undertake a 2-year Blueprint project: Using Gender-based Analysis to Improve Community Safety. This included:
- Focus groups and surveys to determine the experience of safety and security in Hamilton for men, women and transpeople
- An online survey was conducted that surveyed over four hundred people, and ten focus groups all over Hamilton were conducted
- Organizations in Hamilton were contacted about what data they collect on services provided, and if this data differentiates between genders. Discussion followed about the importance of collecting as specific data as possible to best serve all clients who access the services
- A video campaign was created using short videos made by committee and community members encouraging men to “stand up and speak out to end gender-based violence”
The final report from that project can be seen here (link to final report).
While the gender and community safety project concluded in May 2013 the male leaders continued meeting and planning future events, and a grant was submitted to continue the Male Leadership Project. The Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided funding for what is now known as MentorAction to continue from 2013 until 2016 About the MentorAction Committee
- “Men Talking to men: Ending Violence” Think Tank facilitated on the Nature of Violence, June 7/12
- Male Leadership Forum to Develop a community safety strategy, Dec 3/12 featuring keynote speaker Michael “Pinball” Clemons
- Male Leadership Meeting to discuss future of project: Jan 16/13