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



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On Thursday, 5 December 2019, CERAH is organising a panel discussion on how to engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and girls. The event is co-organised in partnership with WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR.

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. 
This panel discussion aims to generate a debate and discussion with experts working on masculinities, gender equality and violence against women and with the Geneva-based community interested in these issues and in advancing accountable practices for engaging men in prevention. . 

Event details:

Day and time: Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12.00 - 14:00

Location: The Graduate Institute – Auditorium Ivan Pictet B, Maison de la Paix, Rue Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

  • Opening remarks and Moderator:

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:

  • Maria Jose Alcala – Senior Gender Advisor, UNAIDS

For more information download the concept note and the event flyer.

The event is free and open to the general public, there is no need to register.