Event Title: "Masculinities, Youth and Violence in Crisis Settings"
Location: New York, NY
Speakers, Discussants, and Remarks:
A two-day consultation on ‘Masculinities and Violence in Crisis Settings’ was held on 26-27 October, 2016, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the International Civil Society Action Network and the MenEngage Alliance. The consultation brought together a number experts in the field of gender and peace and security in order to develop a better collective understanding of masculinities and its relationship with violence in crisis settings.
The objectives of the consultation were first, to present UNDP’s revised conceptual framework on masculinities and violence in crisis and fragile settings and second, to identify practical entry points for integrating key aspects of gender and masculinities in UNDP programming in crisis and post-crisis settings.
Two key conclusions from the consultation were first, to prevent violence, it is necessary to engage not only with the small group of young men who perpetrate violence but with communities as a whole, as this is where social norms are shaped. Second, men and masculinities should not be seen as a separate strategy, but rather should be an essential element in a complete gender analysis of any situation.