Expert Talk: Militarised masculinity in armed conflicts
Counter-strategies against militarised masculinity in and following armed conflicts
The Expert Talk was held on May 18th 2011, in Cooperation with medica mondiale and the German Women Security Council.
Gender roles and images change in times of crises, during and following armed conflicts, and so, too, do gender relations in a conflict-ridden society. The identity conflicts associated with this can lead to men concentrating their masculinity concept to militarised masculinity if they are unable to continue to fulfil their traditional gender roles. At the same time, there is an increased risk of their taking armed action against "enemies" and/or weaker persons on the outside, while directing their violence against women and children on the inside.
Against this backdrop, the presently applied intervention and conflict resolution strategies and concepts for ending armed conflicts and wars through international UN – or EU- missions; “peacekeepers” have been found not to produce lasting effects.
The expert talk aimed for an in depth discussion with experts from civil society and public institutions in order to develop strategies to constructively counteract expressions of brutalised masculinities, focussing on examples from the sub-Saharan region.
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