"Masculinities, Youth and Violence in Crisis Settings" - Consultation: WILPF, UNDP, MenEngage, ICAN

Event Title: "Masculinities, Youth and Violence in Crisis Settings"
Location: New York, NY

Speakers, Discussants, and Remarks:

  • Randi Davis, Director of Gender Team, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
  • Sarah Poole, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
  • Joni van De Sand, MenEngage
  • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  • Diego Antoni, Policy Specialist, Gender Team, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
  • Maria Butler, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • Raziq Fahim, Executive Director, College of Youth Activism and Development, Pakistan
  • Besnik Leka, Young Men's Initiative Coordinator, Care International, Balkans
  • Joy Onyesoh, President, WILPF-Nigeria
  • Esperanza Gonzales, UNDP Colombia
  • Carlos Ivan Garcia, Coordinator, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare
  • Alan Grieg, UNDP Consultant/Masculinities Expert


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.

Closed workshop. 

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Consultation Meeting: Masculinities and Violence in Crisis Settings

Concept Note: Masculinities, Youth and Violence in Crisis Settings