20 November 2018 - 14.30-16.30 - room 9 - Interpretation: FR/EN

Contemporary ideas and practices of manhood help men to stay on top of social hierarchies, taking advantage of privileges that men enjoy over women. Whereas the meaning of masculinity differs within cultural contexts, a strong unifying factor is that men tend to be raised to stay assertive, strong, and decisive. They are trained not to experience or show neither weakness nor pain. Are they therefore more likely to rule over women or other men in politics, the public space and the economy? Paradoxically, the same privileges constitute a heavy burden for men who fear not to live up to expectations of manhood. Their exercise of power over women is also at the heart of gender based violence. What initiatives can bring men to reflect upon this power and privilege? How can men in parliaments and courts, governments and business administrations be encouraged to give up on power?

initiative 1

Local Authority accreditation, White Ribbon, United Kingdom

White Ribbon UK is a registered Charity since 2005, and works with partner organisations offering them accredited status as involving men in challenging male violence if they comply with the required criteria. Accredited organisations include large city councils, (Manchester and Leeds),Large County Councils (Lancashire, Cornwall), police forces in the UK, fire and rescue services, housing associations and health authorities, universities, music venues and sports clubs. White Ribbon’s UK’s main mission consists of reducing violence against women and girls and its consequences by engaging men and boys as “change agents” to influence the way men think and behave. Its theory of change is predicated on the idea that men and boys can be encouraged to see violence prevention as “their issue too”, and influence other men and boys not be part of the problem, and to be part of the solution.




OBE, President and Founder of White Ribbon UK

United Kingdom

Chris Steven Green OBE is Founder, President and volunteer for White Ribbon UK.He was a member of the 8 strong Council of Europe Task Force to combat Violence against Women. In 2007 he was awarded the title Ultimate Man of the Year by Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2012 UN General Secretary Ban ki Moon appointed him to the UN Group Leaders of Men to combat violence against women.In 2017 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for Services to Equality. He has spoken at Cambridge Oxford and Durham Union debating societies.

initiative 2

Engaging Young Men to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Against Women, MAVA, India

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) has been registered in 1993 and is India’s first organisation by men to stop and prevent gender-based violence and abuse of women and girls. MAVA's initiative aims to sensitize and mentor young men in their twenties to issues of gender, sexuality and masculinity, engage them in a wide range of activities and equip them with skills to communicate effectively with peers and other young men spreading messages on preventing gender-based violence on women. The initiative selects young men between 18-20 years studying in colleges and from varied socio-economic backgrounds and sensitizes them on gender issues using out-of-the box methods, enabling them to deconstruct toxic masculinity, self-introspect through a churn and reconstruct ideas about masculinity. The group of mentees, while being mentored by Team MAVA are trained to gradually communicate and engage fresh batch of male mentees using most of the tools learnt.




Chief Functionary, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)


Harish Sadani is co-founder of Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA), India’s first organization of sensitive men working to stop and prevent gender-based violence on women. Harish has done his Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has been engaging and mentoring thousands of young men to communicate with peers on healthy relationships and sexuality-related matters. He is also a Trainer to Corporates, Universities and NGOs pan-India on prevention of sexual harassment at workplace and other gender matters. Harish has been awarded with Ashoka Changemakers’ Award (US) and the Gender Diversity Award by Sandvik Asia Pvt. Limited.

initiative 3

Fighting gender-based discrimination resulting from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms, Gambia

Tostan is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation with its headquarter in Dakar, Senegal. Its core business is the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), which is a three-year, human rights based, non-formal education program that facilitates community-led development and social progress. This programme includes information sharing in a non-judgmental, inclusive way to create open dialogue around issues of education, health, environment, governance, economic growth, and gender and social norms. Community members participate in structured adult and adolescent classes led by a trained facilitator. In parallel, communities create 17-member democratically-selected Community Management Committees (CMCs) trained in project management and social mobilization skills by Tostan. These committees continue to lead development projects that are relevant to their community needs, long after the community has completed the Tostan programme. Partners include the government of The Gambia through the Women’s Bureau, local government officials, and local authorities including women associations and extension workers. Our primary partners are the communities we work in. Tostan is also supported by international organizations such as UNICEF, NORAD, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


FATTY Lamin S.

Lamin S. FATTY

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Focal Point, Tostan


Mr. Lamin Fatty is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Focal Point for Tostan the Gambia. He hosts a weekly, local language, radio show, and has co-facilitated a training on Islam and Human Rights for religious leaders at the Tostan Training Center in Thiés, Senegal. He has worked for Tostan for more than 12 years, previously as a Field Supervisor. Fatty received a Higher National Diploma in Development Studies from the Rural Development Training Institute, conducting research on water resources conservation and the state-owned Gambia Cotton Company. Fatty also works as a freelance journalist with the newspaper Foroyaa.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



Platform “Male Feminists Europe”




Executive Director, Leadership4SDGs Foundation


Simone Filippini is a former top diplomat. Among others she served as the Head of the Gender and Women Rights department in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consul-General for the Southeastern US and Ambassador to Macedonia. She was awarded the MFA Diversity Award in 2010. In 2013 she left the diplomatic service to become the CEO of one the largest Dutch humanitarian and development organizations, Cordaid. Between Oct. 2017 and Oct this year she was the interim ED of NIMD, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. She now works with the Ambition Group and recently established the Leadership4SDGs Foundation with the aim to promote and support increased quality of governments. Simone has undertaken quite some voluntary functions, among which International Secretary of Dutch political party Democrats 66 and President of the International School in Skopje.

DENU Pénélope

Pénélope DENU

Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly, Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

LAB 10 - Masculinities reexamined: are men the key to greater gender equality?
Palais de l'Europe - Room 9 20 November 2018 - 14.30-16.30
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