Sam Nabi, a MAASV volunteer, reflects upon UW's commitment to the United Nations HeforShe gender equality initiative.
The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC) is a community-based, social profit organization. We offer services and support to people and their families who have experienced sexual violence. We provide individual and group counselling, a 24 Hour Support Line, client advocacy, and accompaniments for those navigating court, police, and medical processes. In addition to support services, we are committed to preventing gender-based violence through public education.
Since January 2008, the Public Education program at SASC has housed our Male Allies program. The Male Allies program offers Waterloo Region a unique and proactive anti-violence initiative. Through public education, the Male Allies program invites men and boys to be leaders in the work of ending gender-based violence. Our goal is to encourage critical introspection in men and boys, which begins by helping them to understand gender-based violence as a men's issue. Over the past eight years, we have offered hundreds of workshops to thousands of men and boys.