On June 24, 2020 Our Secure Future cosponsored a virtual event with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security titled “Gender Equality in Peace & Security: The Role of Male Allies”. Over 600 people watched from 80 countries!
Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, opened the discussion for the male allies who work across defense, diplomacy and civil society. The distinguished panelists included Our Secure Fellow and Founder of the Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace and Security project Ambassador Don Steinberg, Lord Tariq Mahmood Ahmad of Wimbledon, Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, Former UN Force Commander for the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mr. Fikiri Nzoyisenga, Founder and Executive Director, Youth Coalition Against Gender-based Violence (SEMERERA). Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Melanne Verveer, moderated the event.
Discussion focused on strategies for engaging men and boys at all levels of decision-making, overcoming institutional barriers, and changing gender norms.
Watch the full event below!