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MPS group photoOn October 28-30 2013, WIIS, SIPRI North America, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Promundo-US, Sonke Gender Justice, and the World Bank held an international symposium. The event consisted of a two-day symposium followed by an optional one-day training course, bringing together scholars, policymakers, practitioners and military and security personnel from around the world.

The symposium aimed to better understand how the ascribed norms of men and masculine identities contribute to, and may even help mitigate violent conflict and post-conflict. It builds upon and complements the work of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, especially as seen through the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. It applies the lens of gender to the broader issues surrounding peace and security.



Monday – October 28, 2013

9:40 am  Keynote Address: “The Changing Nature of Conflict”

  • Ambassador Donald Steinberg, CEO and President, World Learning

10:20 am  Panel One – Dying to be Men: Masculinities in Conflict and After
An overview of how masculinities shape conflict and violence, how conflict affects masculinities,and the implications for peace and security.

  • Gary Barker, Promundo – US, United States
  • Prabu Deepan, Tearfund UK, Sri Lanka
  • Suzanne Holroyd, OSD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, U.S. Department of Defense, United States
  • Anthony Keedi, ABAAD: Resource Center for Gender Equality, Lebanon
  • Dean Peacock, Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa


  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, SIPRI North America, United States
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, U.S. Institute of Peace, United States

12:00 noon  Luncheon, Great Hall

1:00 pm  Panel Two – How Men Are Made: Cultures of Hyper Masculinities
An exploration of the social and cultural drivers of how men and boys develop exaggerated and violent identities.

  • Maria Butler, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United States
  • Madeline Di Nonno, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, United States
  • Natko Geres, Status-M, Croatia
  • Jok Madut Jok, Loyola Marymount University, South Sudan
  • Henri Myrttinen, International Alert, United Kingdom
  • William Reno, Northwestern University, United States


  • Joseph Vess, Promundo – US, United States
  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, SIPRI North America, United States

3:00 pm  Panel Three – All Revved Up and Nowhere to Go
The spectrum of economic challenges and constraints that men face, and how this affects their roles in conflict and post-conflict settings.

  • Haji Nasrullah Baryalai Arsalai, Community Association/IFHope, Afghanistan
  • Ian Bannon, The World Bank, United States
  • Col. Birame Diop, Partners Senegal, Senegal
  • Julianna Lindsey, Women for Women International
  • Marc Sommers, Boston University, United States


  • Maria Correia, The World Bank, United States
  • Dean Peacock, Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa

4:30 pm  Interview with General Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army
Interview Moderator:

  • Tara Sonenshine, Distinguished Fellow, The George Washington University, School of Media & Public Affairs

6:00 pm  Reception, The World Bank

Tuesday – October 29, 2013

9:00 am  Framing Remarks:

  • Dr. Christopher Kilmartin, Distinguished Visiting Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy

9:30 am  Panel Four – How do Warriors Unlearn Violence? Psychosocial Dimensions
Unraveling the challenges of demobilization and adjusting to life after war, and implications for both men and women.

  • Robert Egnell, Georgetown University, United States
  • Imam Yayha Hendi, Georgetown University, United States
  • Jocelyn Kelly, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, United States
  • Christopher Kilmartin, U.S. Air Force Academy, United States
  • Chaplain (LTC) Kevin Pies, U.S. Institute of Peace (invited)
  • Fazel Rahim, U.S. Agency for International Development, Afghanistan


  • Tatiana Moura, Instituto Promundo, Brazil
  • Ian Bannon, The World Bank, United States

11:30 am  Panel Five – Nurturing the Ex-Combatant
Responding and intervening to the problems of hyper-masculinities in post-conflict..

  • Zaheer Abbas, Cure Violence, Pakistan
  • Catalina Barbarena H., Agencia Colombiana para la Reintegracion, Colombia
  • Michael McKenna, YouthAction, Northern Ireland
  • Curt Rhodes, QuestScope, Jordan
  • Henny Slegh, Instituto Promundo, Great Lakes Region of Africa
  • Emilio Ovuga, Gulu University, Uganda


  • Ambassador Steven E. Steiner, U.S. Institute of Peace, United States
  • Manal Omar, U.S. Institute of Peace, United States

1:00 pm  Luncheon, Great Hall

2:00 pm  Keynote Address:

  • Ms. Zainab Bangura, Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nation

2:30 pm  Panel Six – Looking Forward: Policy Responses for the Peace and Security Agenda
Concrete recommendations for moving the agenda forward.

  • Fredrik Arthur, Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Norway
  • Maria Correia, The World Bank, United States
  • Brooke Darby, U.S. Department of State, United States
  • Carla Koppell, U.S. Agency for International Development, United States
  • Joseph Hoenen, 1st German-Netherlands NATO Corps, The Netherlands
  • José Luiz Ratton, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil


  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, SIPRI North America, United States
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, U.S. Institute of Peace, United States

4:00 pm  Closing Dialogue: Next Steps

5:00 pm  Reception, Great Hall, USIP

Wednesday– October 30, 2013


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.