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.

Andrea Böhm
Chris Dolan
Patrick Godana
Monika Hauser

deutsch/englisch mit Simultanübersetzung

Programe [»PDF]


Pictures of the Expert Talk

Violent Conflicts and Conflict Prevention

The background of violent conflicts and wars is multifaceted. Yet, an essential factor is often disregarded in the cause analysis: gender-political dynamics. However, looking at the power relations between women and men is also important to understand how crises and wars develop, how they can be prevented and how lasting peace can be achieved. Peace is more than the absence of war. A gender-equitable and non-violent society cannot be realized through the military but through civil society forms of conflict regulation, mainly through prevention. The gender issue plays a decisive role in this process.