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[16days_discussion] New Blog Post on 16 Days of Activism

Caroline Dobuzinskis dobuzinskis at
Tue Nov 29 16:16:28 EST 2011



IWPR has posted a new blog article on the 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Violence and a recent panel event discussion at the Woodrow
Wilson Center in Washington, DC.





One Community of Women and Men: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender

Posted on November 29, 2011

ents.jpg> By Amanda Lo

The Woodrow Wilson Center and United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) brought together a panel of four male leaders to
discuss the possible roles men can play in combating gender-based
violence. The event, Male Leaders Speak: Critical Strategies for
Combatting Gender-Based Violence
s-for-combatting-gender-based-violence> , launched USAID's 16 Days of
Activism Against Gender Violence
<> , that began
on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women, and ends on December 10, the International Human Rights

Most of the conversation was focused on the situation of girls and women
in Africa. Donald Steinberg
<>  from USAID
shared his experiences serving as former U.S. Ambassador to Angola, and 
Major General Patrick Cammaert (retired)
<>  spoke about his time
when he was former United Nations Force Commander for the Eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo.

One of the topics of discussion was on changing attitudes surrounding
violence against women. IWPR's research
<>  on the status of women in the
Middle East has shown that sometimes attitudes of men and women do not
match when it comes to violence. For example, in Yemen
m-of-movement-freedom-from-harassment-violence> , 6 percent of women
report that domestic violence is widely or somewhat tolerated within
their families or tribe, while 13 percent of men state that violence is
widely or somewhat tolerated. According to an IWPR survey in Lebanon
n2019s-freedom-of-movement-freedom-from-harassment-violence> , women
with higher levels of education were less likely to accept domestic
violence than those with lower levels of education. Among men,
approximately one in ten found it acceptable for a husband to beat his
wife-regardless of levels of education.

Jimmie Briggs, co-founder of the Man Up Campaign
<> , argued that early education to
challenge the typical "manhood" stereotype-that boys can feel they need
to live up to-is one way to prevent the continuation of sexual violence
from one generation to the next.

During the panel, Steinberg pointed out that women made up the majority
of the audience. This has been typical for events I have attended on
women's issues. In fact, the most surprising aspect of this event may
have been that the panelists speaking about violence against women were
all men. Clearly, ending sexual violence will not be possible without
the joint effort of men and women.

In order to also solve discrimination against women in the United
States, the approach must take into account that women cannot achieve
equity without male allies. The entire population, not just a half of
the population, needs to want gender equality in economic, political,
and social realms.

Find out more about upcoming events taking place during the 16 Days of
Activism Against Gender Violence on the website
ar.html> .

Amanda Lo is the Communications Intern at the Institute for Women's
Policy Research. 




Caroline Dobuzinskis

Communications Manager
Institute for Women's Policy Research

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301

Washington, DC 20036


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