Combatting Anti-Gender Ideology
on Post-Secondary Campuses

A project to track and countermeasure anti-gender hate for more gender-inclusive campuses.

Post-secondary institutions are the nexus for important research and contributions to the Canadian political discourse. Significant mobilization for and against anti-trans hate happens in post-secondary communities and 2SLGBTQI students are at a particular vulnerability. As such, a national networked response is needed.  

Egale Canada, with funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada, is proud to lead our Combatting Anti-Gender Ideology on Post-Secondary Campuses project that will create metrics to track anti-gender hate and countermeasures for more gender-inclusive campuses, especially for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people.

Combatting Anti-Gender Ideology: A 2023 Egale Virtual Symposium   

Join us for an important event dedicated to combatting the alarming rise in anti-gender ideology that is fueling transphobia and discrimination against 2SLGBTQI communities 

The Symposium features cross-sectoral speakers from academia, non-profit, and activist lenses who will inform and inspire hope in participants. We seek to refine participants’ lived experiences to empower 2SLGBTQI students to stop the rise of anti-gender hate on campus by building national relationships to counter the hate. Together, we will delve into these critical issues, fostering dialogue, understanding, and collaboration. 

The symposium targets students from post-secondary campuses across Canada, along with staff, faculty members, community members, stakeholders, and partner organizations. Its main goal is to inspire and engage participants to combat anti-gender ideology and anti-2SLGBTQI hate by developing tools in their regions. 


Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm ET 
Location: Online  


Raise Awareness

The symposium aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the current state of anti-gender hate in Canada, including its causes, manifestations, and impact on individuals and communities. By presenting this knowledge, we seek to raise awareness among students about the urgent need for positive change in addressing these issues. 


The symposium aims to inspire students to feel empowered in navigating and confronting the challenges associated with anti-gender hate. Through sharing information, personal experiences, and strategies for positive change, we aim to equip students with the tools and confidence to become agents of change in their schools and communities. We hope to also inspire students who are involved with the upcoming Egale working group. 

Knowledge Exchange

The symposium provides a platform for knowledge exchange among students, educators, and experts. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, perspectives, and insights related to anti-gender hate, fostering a deeper understanding and empathy across different social challenges. 

Working Group Collaboration

The symposium seeks to inspire students to be actively engaged in a working group focused on addressing anti-gender hate. By fostering a sense of collective responsibility and collaboration, we aim to create a space for mutual aid and connection, enabling participants to collectively develop strategies and initiatives for positive change. 

Community Building

The symposium encourages the formation of meaningful connections and mutual support among participants. By inspiring mutual aid and connection across social challenges, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive community that will continue to work toward positive change long after the symposium concludes.

Registration is free. To attend the symposium, interested applicants must submit an application form and applicants will be vetted.

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Jam Session and Strategy Implementation

A “jam” is an event where people come together to produce ideas with little to no preparation in the effort to create something new and innovative. The term used comes from “game jam” or a “jam session”, where videogame prototypes and music improvisation are produced respectively. 


Jam Date: November 3, 2023 
Time: 10:00AM- 2:00PM ET (Subject to Change)  
Location: Online  

The jam session will involve 25 participants from the symposium who will ideate and develop strategies to combat anti-gender ideology. Egale will focus on five regions in Canada based on interest, registration, presence of hate, and capacity to respond.  Attendance at the jam session will receive an honorarium.  

Following the November 3 Jam Session, groups will continue to work together to develop and implement their strategies to combat anti-gender ideology at a campus in their assigned region. Groups will receive ongoing support from the Egale Canada team, including one-on-one meetings, mentorship, and funding will be provided to jump-start these strategies. 

During the symposium, the jam session, and the implementation phase, participants will meet online for discussions and engagement throughout the project. 

The Combatting Anti-Gender Ideology on Post-Secondary Campuses project
has been funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada.