Researchers and Policy Makers to discuss Men’s Role in Combating Violence Against Women
UNESCO and ISESCO in collaboration with the Centre for Research and Documentation on Women, Gender and Peacebuilding for the Great Lakes Region are organising an international conference on « Men’s Role in Combating Violence Against Women », to be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 29 and 30 March 2011. Speakers drawn from academic and policy making communities will address the issue of why men engage in violence against women, and how they can be implicated in violence prevention activities.
Starting from an understanding that fundamental gender inequalities underlie violence against women and that changes in gender relations are needed in order to combat violence, the conference will address the ways in which men can be actively involved in promoting more equal gender relations and thus reducing violence.
This conference forms part of UNESCO’s ongoing activities to explore the fundamental causes of violence against women and to use research to provide recommendations on how to best prevent violence.
It will build upon the success of the previous meeting, held in Pretoria (South Africa) in August 2007 on ‘Women’s Rights for Peace and Security in post-Conflict Democracies in sub-Saharan Africa’. This first meeting formed the basis for a productive dialogue with Ministers at the Forum of Ministers of Women’s Affairs of the Great Lakes Region in Mombasa (Kenya) in 2009. A report and policy briefs with concrete recommendations on violence prevention activities will be produced.
- Programme [PDF in French, 104 KB]
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