Time and location

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 9:15 - 17:00
Bruno Kreisky Forum, Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Vienna


Morning session: 9:15 – 13:30

Welcome address:

Christina Stummer, ADA
Nadja Schuster, VIDC

Moderator: Katharina Novy

Engaging Men – Theory, Policy and PracticeInputs followed by discussions

Paul Scheibelhofer, University of Innsbruck
Tanya Charles, Sonke Gender Justice South Africa
Carolina Johansson Wennerholm, SIDA

Afternoon session: 14:15 – 17:00

Exploring stakeholders’ perspectives across sectors Open up new Vistas: - a psychodramatic approach
Small working groups on

Gender-based violence: resource person: Jean Kemitare, Raising Voices Uganda

Education: resource person: Philipp Leeb, Poika – Association for gendersensitive work in teaching and education

Economic empowerment: resource person: Bandana Kumari Khand, CARE Nepal

Sports: resource person: Martin Kainz, Fairplay/VIDC

Critical masculinity studies: resource person: Paul Scheibelhofer, University of Innsbruck

detailed program

Language: English

Registration necessary: seewald@remove-this.vidc.org

Gender Justice for Better Lives for All Workshop on Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equaltiy in International Cooperation



Lessons learned from the field and research show that engaging men and boys for gender justice undisputedly affects the wellbeing of the society as a whole – including LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning) – in a positive way. In addition, not only does it have a high societal impact, but it also contributes considerably to the economy.
Why is it crucial to work with men and boys? The active engagement of men is indispensable to abolish patriarchy and gender-based violence. Social and gender-transformative norms must be internalized by boys and men and should consequently result in behavioral changes. Thus, comprehensive education on sexuality, including gender norms and roles is paramount to building an equal, non-violent and gender-just society. Besides, feminist men impact other men’s gender identities and behavior, specifically of those who abuse their power and benefit from institutionalized privileges and hegemonic masculinity.
Notwithstanding, it is important to highlight the fact that men are not a homogenous group; there are men who do not reap the benefits from being part of patriarchal structures and male-dominated hierarchies. On the contrary, quite a few of them have experienced violence, discrimination, racism and homophobia themselves. Such factors as race, age, class, caste, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and ability play an important role for gender inequality. In other words, gender identity is determined by multiple identities. Gender justice is social justice and it impinges on the right to education, health, decent work, non-violence and equal opportunities for all. Thus it is essential to follow an intersectional approach that embraces diversity. In addition, there is an increasing necessity to identify and unite allies in the broad field of international cooperation.

Aim of the workshop

  • Awareness raising on engaging men and boys for gender justice with a focus on international (development) cooperation, sharing and learning from new scientific findings and good practice examples from the field
  • A common understanding on how gender-transformative approaches aiming to change social and cultural norms, attitudes and behavior contribute to effectiveness and sustainability of development outcomes
  • Identification of potential cooperation partners, allies and Gender justice advocates through networking with national and international stakeholders from the education, health, sports, women’s rights and men’s counseling sector as well as from the Gender and critical masculinity studies


  • NGO representatives working in the field of international (development) cooperation
  • Experts and institutions from the above mentioned sectors fighting for gender equality
  • Stakeholders from the public sector working on gender equality
  • Scholars, researchers


Paul Scheibelhofer

teaches critical masculinity studies at Innsbruck University, Department of Pedagogy. He holds a PhD in Gender Studies from Central European University, Budapest. In his work, Paul focusses on diverse aspects of the construction of masculinities, amongst others: masculinity and care, masculinity and violence, as well as migrant masculinities and the intersections of masculinity with issues of race, class and sexuality. Concerning the topic of constructs of migrant masculinities, Paul recently published: “Integrating the patriarch? Constructs of migrant masculinity in times of managing migration and integration” in: Floya Anthias, Mojca Pajnik (ed.) Contesting integration, engendering migration: theory and practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013.

Tanya Charles

is the International Programs Specialist in Research and Knowledge Management at Sonke Gender Justice, where she oversees the International Men and Gender Equality Survey- a research study which seeks to drive and monitor both policy development and interventions to promote gender equality. She is also the Project Coordinator for the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative which hosts the annual training course “Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in sub-Saharan Africa” that provides a platform for activists, researchers, academics, government and UN officials to increase their knowledge and skills of gender transformative programming that is focused on male engagement. Tanya was born in the city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. From the University of Cape Town she obtained degrees in Social Anthropology, Media and a Masters degree in Justice and Transformation and Human Rights Law. Tanya was also selected as the lead researcher for South Africa by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in a global project designed to assess the impact of policies and laws on sexual minorities.

Carolina Johansson Wennerholm

works as Lead Policy Specialist Gender Equality, Department for International Organisations and Policy Support, with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). SIDA has introduced engaging men and boys consequently in their policy papers: „Effective work to promote equality need to be focused on women and men as well as boys and girls with the aim of changing institutions and social structures“(Aid policy framework – the direction of Swedish aid 2013/14).
Carolina has 20 years of working experience in the field of international development in about 30 countries, focusing on three main areas: Gender and development, Trafficking in Human Beings, Gender and Corporate Social Responsibility. She studied sociology at the University of Växjö, Sweden and at the Central Missouri State University, USA and holds a MA in Gender Analysis of the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Katharina Novy

sociologist and historian, is a Vienna-based trainer, consultant and facilitator. She works on educational and political issues, gender and diversity with a special focus on participatory and emancipatory processes. Using approaches of psychodrama she furthers holistic learning and dialogues on an equal footing. Katharina published in 2013: Autonomes Handeln. Soziologische, feministische und psychodramatische Perspektiven (2013). In: S. Kern & S. Spitzer-Prochazka (Hrsg.), Das Drama der Abhängigkeit. Eine Begegnung in 16 Szenen (S. 47 - 59). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.