United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women

"The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality"

Expert Group Meeting

Organized by DAW
in collaboration with UNDP, ILO and UNAIDS
21-24 October 2003
Brasilia, Brazil

Radhika Chopra (India)

Ms. Chopra currently works at the department of sociology at the University of Delhi where she has introduced a new course entitled "Theorizing masculinities". She has also been a consultant for a visual documentation on "Men and masculinities: an exhibition" and participated in a traveling seminar series organized by UNIFEM as well as coordinated a workshop on "Male reproduction and sexuality in South Asia". Ms. Chopra has published various articles on gender issues such as, "Supportive practices of men: a critical perspective", "Encountering masculinity: a methodological dilemma" and "From violence to supportive practice: family, gender and masculinity".

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Magda ElSanousi (Sudan/Yemen)

As programme coordinator at Oxfam, Mrs. ElSanousi has developed programmes focusing on gender equality and the right to be heard. She has also worked to implement a gender equality programme that targets displaced women in Khartoum. In 2002, Ms. ElSanousi participated in a five day training organized by Oxfam that focused on integrating gender equality and she presented a session titled "Men and gender equality: the experience of Oxfam GB in Yemen".

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Michael Flood (Australia)

Mr. Flood is a research fellow at the Australia Institute. Specializing in women's and gender studies, particularly in relation to men and masculinities, he focuses in particular on boys and youth cultures, male sexuality, HIV/AIDS as well as interpersonal violence, especially men's violence against women. Mr. Flood was a lecturer at the Centre for Women's Studies at the Australian National University where he taught "Sex, gender and identity: an introduction to gender studies". He has published over 60 articles in community journals and numerous papers in journals.

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Alan Greig (UK)

A consultant for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Mr. Greig focuses on addressing the link between men, masculinity and sexual health. He is the co-author of Gender in Development Program monograph on "Men, masculinities and development: broadening our work towards gender equality". Mr. Greig also wrote two articles for INSTRAW, "Political connections: men, gender and violence" and "Partners in change: working with men to end gender-based violence" that focus on the politics of men's roles and responsibilities in efforts to end gender-based violence.

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Lars Jalmert (Sweden)

Mr. Jalmert is currently a member and expert at the National Council for the Protection of Women Against Violence. In the past he has served as an expert and member of the Committee on Equality between the Sexes, member of the Committee on the Male Role as well as member of the Gender Committee of the Swedish Council of Work Life Research. He is currently the International Advisory Editor to the scientific journal "Men and masculinities". Mr. Jalmert has given speeches and lectures that focus on families and work balance including on the father's role in the child's development and mobilisation of men for equal opportunities.

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James Lang (USA)

Mr. Lang is a consultant for Family Violence Prevention Fund that focuses on engaging more men in ending men's violence through online discussions. He also created a tool kit for working with men and boys to be used by policy makers and local violence prevention agencies. James is a consultant for Oxfam Great Britain and GTZ, where he works on projects related to men and gender mainstreaming in particular men's roles in ending violence against women. While working at INSTRAW, Mr. Lang managed research programmes, including on men's roles and responsibilities in ending gender based violence. He also published articles on "Partners in change: working with men to end gender-based violence" at INSTRAW and "Men masculinities and development: broadening our work towards gender equality" at UNDP.

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Linden Lewis (Barbados)

Mr. Lewis is an Associate Professor at Bucknell University and his book, "The culture of gender and sexuality in the Caribbean" will be published in fall 2003. He also specializes in analyzing work relations in his article "The social relations of gender and work" and in book reviews such as "Producing power: ethnicity, gender, and class in a Caribbean workplace". Mr. Lewis has written numerous articles that focus on masculine identities, "Masculinity and the dance of the dragon", "Gender and performativity: calypso and the culture of masculinity", "Are Caribbean men in crisis?" and "Caribbean masculinity at the dawn of the millennium".

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Jorge Lyra (Brazil)

Mr. Lyra holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the Catholic University of Sao Paolo, Brazil. His main area of expertise is paternity adolescence particularly gender violence and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. His work has mainly focused on social intervention targeting men and masculinities, particularly health and reproductive rights. In 1996, he designed a project "Creating a place for teenage paternity" which, became the basis for developing a social concept of paternity in adolescence, by supporting teenage mothers, fathers and health professionals. In 1997, he co-founded Institute PAPAI, which initially focused on the subject of paternity in adolescence and on implementation of the Support Program for Young Fathers the first in South America.

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Jivka Marinova (Bulgaria)

A researcher at the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, Ms. Marinova specializes in violence against women, teaching non-violence and tolerance and working with men and boys using Information and communication technologies (ICT's) for campaigning against violence in Bulgaria. Ms. Marinova coordinated the "Advanced strategy for combating violence against women" through education and sensitization of teenage boys and through a pilot program for consulting of violent men in Bulgaria. She also coordinated a project on elimination of violence against women through research and education at the Bulgarian Center for Human Rights and organized workshops in four Bulgarian cities on women's human rights and legal strategies to combat domestic violence in Bulgaria.

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Emmanuel Ochora (Uganda)

Mr. Ochora is the youth representative to the Expert Group Meeting and at only 20 years of age he works at the Gulu Youth for Action in Uganda and assists in coordinating the implementation of HIV/AIDS programs that seek gender equality particularly for young people. He was a guest speaker at a conference in Minnesota entitled "Reproductive health for refugee teenagers whose concern".

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Dean Peacock (South Africa)

Mr. Peacock is the technical advisor for the Men as Partners (MAP) programme that aims to promote positive male involvement in sexual and reproductive health as well as in violence prevention initiatives. He is also the founder of Building Partnerships to End Men's Violence, which is a new initiative that aims to establish a US based network of organizations to end men's violence. Mr. Peacock has convened panel meetings and workshops on men against violence against women in the context of globalization, men as partners in the promotion of gender equity in South Africa and gender issues in HIV/AIDS prevention: strategies from the men as partners program in South Africa.

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Stephen Vete (Tonga/Fiji)

As the Executive Liaison Officer at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Mr. Vete has developed and implemented a workplace policy on HIV/AIDS that sensitizes staff on the linkages between HIV/AIDS and the four divisions of the secretariat. He is experienced in developing and conducting training courses on a variety of development issues including trade, media HIV/AIDS and development. As a freelance consultant, Mr. Vete developed guidelines for the media on covering adolescent health and development issues (WHO). As a UNDP consultant, he assisted in conducting strategic planning workshops to develop national STI/HIV/AIDS plans for Tonga.

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Njoki Wainaina (Kenya)

Mrs. Wainaina is a gender trainer, analyst and programme advisor and as such advocates, sensitizes and advises on mainstreaming of gender in all sectors of development. While working for FEMNET she was responsible for coordinating and integrating gender concerns in ongoing programmes of development agencies in Kenya. She campaigns for male support in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women, particularly gender-based violence. She published review reports on men's programmes in Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa as well as published a manual for training men in gender-based violence.

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