Unpacking the Man Box

Next date: Wednesday, 02 December 2020 | 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM

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Celebrating healthier expressions of masculinity

Research shows beliefs in outdated gender stereotypes are the biggest predictor of men reporting poor levels of mental health, engaging in risky behaviour, or using violence.

 ‘Unpacking the Man Box’ explores the pressures on men and boys in Australia, and how we can actively promote their health and wellbeing, whilst learning more about respect and equality in relationships, homes and the wider community.

This free session, provided as part of the City of Stonnington’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is suitable for all members of the community.

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What you will learn

 Provided by The Men’s Project of the Jesuit Social Services, the session will:

  • explore the costs to men and boys of being in ‘the man box’
  • unpack what healthier masculinities looks like and how to put it into practice
  • show how breaking free of stereotypes can improve health and wellbeing of both men and women
  • encourage you to be an agent of change to help break down harmful gender stereotypes.

Paul Zappa, General Manager of The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services:

Paul is the Co-Founder of Club Respect and has extensive experience supporting communities to promote compassion and respect to prevent violence. Since joining The Men’s Project, he has led the creation of prevention initiatives to help men and boys embrace healthier expressions of masculinities.

Jai Tao, Lead Facilitator of The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services:

Jai is a former professional kickboxer and renowned combat sports trainer who, over the past few years, has moved to working with young men in a different arena. Tao now spends his days working toward reshaping ideas about manhood with men. Through observations in his work as a trainer, as well as lived experience at the blunt end of unhealthy masculinity, Tao has a passion for helping boys and men on their healing paths.

For more information: contact Karyn Knight, 8290 1133 or email kknight@stonnington.vic.gov.au And remember ‘Respect is understanding there is no ‘right’ way to be a man or women’.


  • Wednesday, 02 December 2020 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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