Men's child care collective
Organization profile published 1983

Year Published:  1983
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2723

The MEN'S CHILD CARE COLLECTIVE of Toronto does child care for feminist and gay events. These include International Women's Day activities, and various conferences, concerts, and dances. The group has a core of nine members who meet regularly to plan, as well as twenty-five otehr men who can be called upon to assist with the child care.

The COLLECTIVE evolved out of a group of men who did the child care for Internatioanl Women's Day in Toronto in 1976. Since that time, requests to the group for child care has increased and the COLLECTIVE has become more formalized. The group now has a child care manual which inlcudes registration forms, a screening process for new members, and a ten-item "baiss of unity." As a collective, all decisions are made by consensus and differences are resolved using structured constructive criticism.

The members see their child care activities as an expression of their political beliefs and as a constructive way for men to actively support women's movement. The COLLECTIVE avoids any sort of public face which would draw attention away from the women's movement or from the events the group support.

When approached by a group whose membership includes both men and women, the COLLECTIVE encourages the men in that group to do the child care, and will help them with it.

The MEN'S CHILD CARE COLLECTIVE would like to hear from similar groups or from anyone interested in starting a group.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.

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