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EWL finalises preparations for Board meeting and seminar on "The other half of gender – Masculinities and men’s role towards equality"

[Brussels, 21 October 2011] Today, 40 EWL Board members from across Europe will descend on Brussels in order to spend the weekend discussing the future orientations of the organisation. Meetings of the EWL Executive and Membership Committee will also take place on the sidelines of the Board. In addition, the Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to the traditional EWL capacity-building seminar, which on this ocasion will also be open to the public. The discussions on the theme of men and masculinities, with contributions from international experts, will feed into the EWL work on this important topic. Please find more details on the Seminar below.

The other half of gender – Masculinities and men’s role towards equality

Recent developments have shown that policies and work towards Rgender equality face new challenges related to men’s role and demands. Reflecting on men, masculinities and men’s movements is therefore of crucial need for women’s organisations. The European Women’s Lobby is delighted to organise a European debate on how to work with men and involve them in the struggle for gender equality.

Saturday 22 October 2011, 15h30 - 18h30

The Hotel, Boulevard de Waterloo 38, Brussels

Speakers will include:

  • Content and outcomes of research on masculinities - Tomas Wetterberg, Chairperson, Men for Gender Equality in Sweden, Sweden
  • Content and outcomes of research on masculinism - Francis-Dupuis Déri, Researcher, University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM)
  • Impact of anti-feminism on the field of domestic violence intervention - Mélissa Blais, Researcher, University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM)
  • Men and feminism: challenges and opportunities - Valérie Lootvoet, Director, Université des Femmes, Belgium
  • Relationship between men and gender equality policy - Jouni Varanka, Former Expert for the Gender Equality Unit of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Building alliances with feminist men - Matt McCormack Evans, Founder of the Anti Porn Men Project, UK

Space is limited! Please reserve your seat by sending an email to guelbenzu@womenlobby.org by 17 October 2011.

With the support of the Belgium Institute for Equality between Women and Men (IEFH) and Vleva.

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