International Symposium: Men, Peace and Security: Agents Of Change

On October 28-29th, Promundo will help to launch and host the Men, Peace and Security Symposium at the U.S. Institute Of Peace. This symposium aims to better understand how the ascribed norms of men and masculine identities contribute to, and may even help to mitigate violent conflict and post-conflict. It builds upon and complements the work of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, especially as seen through the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. It applies the lens of gender to the broader issues surrounding peace and security. Gary Barker, International Director of Promundo-US, Tatiana Moura, Executive Director of Instituto Promundo, Joseph Vess, Senior Program Officer of Promundo-US, and Henny Slegh, Regional Coordinator for Promundo in Great Lakes Africa will sit on panels and lead sessions during the Practitioner Training Course.

Panel Topics Include:

• Dying to be Men: Masculinities in Conflict and After
• How Men are Made: Cultures of Hyper- Masculinities
• All Revved Up and Nowhere to Go
• How do Warriors Unlearn Violence?
• Nurturing the Ex-Combatant
• Looking Forward: Policy Responses for the Peace and Security Agenda

On October 30th, a Practitioner Training Course will target practitioners, educators, security personnel and trainers working in fragile and conflict-affected states, and help them in the following tasks:

• Identifying men’s multiple identities in conflict and post-conflict settings;
• Improving evidence-based practices for engaging men in peace building and post-conflict reconstruction;
• Raising awareness via multi-media campaigns for engaging men in the peace and security agenda;
• Understanding how to integrate men into improving collective security.

To join the mailing list for this event and course, please e-mail: gender@usip.org. On Twitter, use #MenPeace&Security or #AgentsofChange for symposium and course updates. More details will follow on www.usip.org.

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