Panel discussion

Thursday 08 March 2018, 18:00 - 19:30

Engaging men and boys in gender equality: game changer or risk?

Organised by the Gender Centre in collaboration with International Gender Champions-Geneva

Venue: Maison de la paix, Auditoire Ivan Pictet
Chemin Eugène-Rigot, 2
1202 Geneva

Motion: This house believes that engaging men and boys in gender equality is a game changer


Realising gender equality is critical to progress across all the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and requires actions by states, civil society and the private sector alike. On this we can find evidence and political consensus. But how do we overhaul the historical patriarchies that harbor discrimination and unconscious bias? Are men and boys part of the solution? What does it mean to engage men and boys and what are the risks?

Since Justin Trudeau announced himself a feminist in 2015, numerous other public figures have declared their political status on gender equality and committed to engage. Are these engaged men what is needed to finally usher in global gender justice? Are men the agents of change the women’s movement has been searching for? Can they be relied upon to deliver? Are gender equality programmes limited if they fail to engage men? What does it mean to engage men and how exactly will it contribute to gender equality? Are there any unintended consequences to consider? Is engaging men the silver bullet to ensuring gender equality is irreversible?

Come listen to debaters argue all sides of the discussion on the paths to global gender equality.

Opening Remarks: Professor Elisabeth Prügl, Director of the Gender Centre @ The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Moderator: Ms Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women @The Table

Opposing Motion

  • Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Professor Keith Krause, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Supporting Motion

  • Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN Geneva
  • Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

This event is organised in collaboration with the International Gender Champions-Geneva.