The Canadian Association for Equality is committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.
In particular, we are interested in gender equality, that is on achieving equality for all men, women, girls and boys. While we support all efforts at achieving gender equality, we will work for balance and fairness within this societal project by focusing our limited resources on those areas of gender which are understudied in contemporary culture.
This has led us to a current focus on the status, health and well-being of boys and men, where attention, investment and support for educational and social programs stands at a level that is far from equal to the seriousness of the problem, while also being significantly underdeveloped compared to the resources in other important areas of social improvement.
We provide current evidence-based research and balanced information. We also provide opportunities to engage in furthering this cause by participating in discussions, events and family-friendly activities. We sincerely believe the goal of true equality and human rights is best served by conducting inclusive conversations based on facts and evidence, not by promoting ideology or special interest agendas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is CAFE a Men’s Rights Group?
CAFE is a human rights group that advocates equality for all members of society. Our focus is currently on men and boys because that issue receives much less attention than equal rights for women. We do not consider ourselves a Men’s Rights Group because discrimination against men also adversely affects many women including the daughters, mothers, sisters, partners and friends of male victims. Inequality can affect anybody and should be everyone’s concern.
Who are your members?
CAFE members are men and women from all walks of life who share a desire to look clearly and without prejudice at the status of boys and men in Canada. While our advisors are drawn from a wide range of professions, most come from the academic community and represent a diverse assortment of fields of study.
What are your goals?
Our goal is to facilitate an inclusive, rational and civilized public conversation about the status of boys and men in Canada. Topics we think should be discussed include mental & physical health, suicide, family law, education, public policy, workplace safety, media & cultural stereotypes, and misandry. We believe this conversation must be based on facts and evidence-based research and not on ideology, e.g. gender profiling that assumes that only women can be victims and only men can be the perpetrators of abuse and discrimination.
What are CAFE’s activities?
Our main focus is on identifying and providing balanced information on equality in Canada. CAFE also provides opportunities to participate in evidence-based research, discussions, events and family-friendly activities.
Is CAFE associated with other organizations?
CAFE is an independent organization and has no formal affiliation or association with any other organization. If other groups claim to undertake activities to support our efforts that does not mean that CAFE has approved, endorsed, sponsored or coordinated those activities.
Are you anti-feminist?
CAFE supports equal rights for people of all sexes and genders, and actively opposes both misandry and misogyny in all their forms. We are not anti-feminist. We find that generic labels such as feminist and men’s rights groups are too limiting for conducting a productive social conversation about equality and justice.
We do not believe that equal rights is a zero-sum game, and we reject the notion that identifying and eliminating discrimination against men and boys will somehow increase discrimination against women and girls. By definition, equal rights means equal rights for everyone.