A panel of experts will discuss how programs and policies addressing gender-based violence must take into account male gender issues.  Their expertise draws upon significant field work experience in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will consider the practitioner challenges toward understanding and engaging men and boys in finding sustainable solutions to gender-based violence in zones of conflict.

The study of gender is often assumed to be about women. Increasingly, however, researchers and development practitioners are demonstrating the importance of addressing the other side of gender--men and issues of masculinity--particularly when it comes to violent conflict. The extreme sexual violence used as a weapon of war in the DRC has brought this gendered lens to the forefront. We realize that any proposed solutions to the problem are incomplete without understanding the underlying predicaments and motivations of men and boys, as well as the often complex relationships between men and women in these societies.

A panel of experts will discuss how programs and policies addressing gender-based violence must take into account male gender issues. Their expertise draws upon significant field work experience in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will consider the practitioner challenges toward understanding and engaging men and boys in finding sustainable solutions to gender-based violence in zones of conflict.

Speakers

  • Pia Peeters
    Sr. Social Development Specialist
    Africa Region, Conflict and Social Development Unit, The World Bank
  • Marc Sommers
    Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
  • Maria Correia
    Program Manager, Fragile States, Conflict and SD Unit, Africa Region, The World Bank
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Moderator
    Gender Adviser, Gender and Peacebuilding Initiative, United States Institute of Peace

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