About Us

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We engage men and boys to prevent sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of women, girls and 2SLGBTQ + individuals. We activate individual men and communities through education, online engagement, law enforcement, support services and research to challenge the cultural norms of sexual exploitation. We believe that men play a crucial role in this work to promote the health of our communities.

We are part of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. and are located on Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is the grandmother in the Winnipeg family of community service providers.  She was established in 1984 to reclaim Indigenous people’s inherent role and responsibility as the caregivers for Indigenous children and families. We are a community mandated, Indigenous directed and supported family support service organization delivering community-based programs and services to Indigenous children, youth and families living in Winnipeg. We are a leader in addressing sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. You can visit www.mamawi.com for more information.

Our purpose

Our Team

Hennes Doltze

Project Leader

hdoltze@mamawi.com

Hennes is passionate about shifting the focus towards engaging men and their role in reducing sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. With a background non-profit management and social work, he has worked with hundreds of men on issues of relationships, addressing domestic violence and commercial sexual exploitation. Hennes has trained law enforcement officers on a sex buyer intervention program and spoken at national and international conferences and trainings, including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as well as Members of the Canadian Parliament and Senate.

Ibby Zaid

Communications Coordinator

izaid@mamawi.com

Ibrahim is the communications coordinator for the EmpowerMen Project and has a desire to impactfully combat sexual trafficking efforts through outreach and awareness campaigns in Manitoba. Ibrahim graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Political Studies and served as the president of the University of Manitoba Criminology Students Association. Combined with his background in marketing, Ibrahim strives to help empower a community to reduce the demand for sexual exploitation.

Landon Smith

Youth Engagement Facilitator

empowermenyouth@mamawi.com

Landon is the Youth Engagement Facilitator at EmpowerMen. Landon's role involves developing and presenting workshops for high school boys on the topic of sexual exploitation. Landon comes to EmpowerMen with seven years of knowledge and experience as a former high school teacher and is looking forward to engaging with youth on the topics of healthy relationships, masculinity, consent, pornography, and sexual exploitation.

Our Partners and advisory committees

We recognize and value our partnerships with community agencies, government departments and academic institutions.  We are especially grateful for the expertise, experiences, and bravery of survivors of exploitation who provide important guidance to our work. We also consult with agencies that support those who have been impacted by sexual exploitation and trafficking. Finally, we engage with men to development meaningful solutions for other men that promote healing, accountability and growth.

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