PANEL DISCUSSION: Accountable practices for engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women and girls



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On  5 December 2019, CERAH organised a panel discussion on how to engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and girls. The event was co-organised in partnership with WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR and part of the 16 days of activism campaign on gender- based violence.

Violence against women is recognized as a gross violation of women’s human rights, as well as a public health problem with a significant impact on the health of women, their children and their families.

Preventing and responding to gender-based violence against women and girls requires a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment and necessitates centring programming on the human rights and needs of women and girls. Ending violence against women also requires engaging men and boys. It requires men to be allies and work alongside women’s movements in promoting gender equality and addressing patriarchy as the root cause of violence against women. Ending violence requires transforming men’s behaviours so that consent, respect and mutuality in decisions is the basis of their relationships with women. 
The panel, made by experts working on masculinities, gender equality and violence against women, generated a lively debate and discussion with the audience.
More in detail, panelists:

1. Shared reflections from their involvement in feminist programming, advocacy and movement building perspective about challenges, tensions and realities of engaging men in violence against women prevention efforts.
2. Highlighted what should be guiding principles and practice standards for those working on masculinities and engagement of men in violence against women prevention and the responsibilities of male allies in accountable ways of engaging.
3. Shared research and evidence on interventions that have engaged men and addressed masculinities in violence against women programming and what are promising ways to promote male engagement in gender equitable ways.

The panel discussion was moderated by Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


  • Avni Amin –World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Magaly Marquez –MenEngage Alliance
  • Anthony Keedi –ABAAD MENA : Resource Center for Gender Equality
  • Angelica Pino - Sonke Gender Justice
  • Abhijit DasGupta –Centre for Health and Social Justice
  • Karl Blanchet – Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action(CERAH)

Closing reflections and takeaways  were given by  Maria Jose Alcala, Senior Gender Advisor, UNAIDS.