Men and collective action on sexual and gender-based violence workshop

A week of policy uptake interaction on Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Monday 16 - Thursday 19 February 2015, IDS, Brighton, UK.

This global learning workshop brought national partners in Egypt, India, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda, together with IDS researchers and other programmatic and policy stakeholders to explore how best to organise and sustain collective action to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), with respect to engaging men as allies and actors.

During the four day event there was the chance for people to engage with the issues, meet the researchers, hear from partners and those working with men to take collective action on SGBV - in person and online.

Ntokozo Yingwana has written some reflections on the workshop, exploring lessons on the importance of a collective strategy for impact and how men and boys can be efefctively involved in action on sexual and gender-based violence. Read the full blog post 

Engaging men: tips and inspiration


Rukia Cornelius, Community Education and Mobilzation Manager for Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa talks about the roles men can play in work for gender equality and explores the potential allies in this work, as well as explaining how she was inspired to start working with men and boys to end sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).


In this interview, Philip Erick Otieno, Executive Director of Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN) in Kenya, talks about his work to engage men and boys in action for gender equality and shares his thoughts on where those working in the field should focus their efforts. He also explains how events in his own life have inspired his work.

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> What are the main contours of the institutional terrain on which collective action on SGBV is operating?

> What do these contours mean in terms of opportunities and threats for more collective action on SGBV?

These were some of the questions addressed in a ‘Hard Talk’ event chaired by Alan Greig. The panel discussed international partnerships, accountability and power. Panel members were: Rukia Cornelius, Community Education and Mobilization Manager for Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa; Satish Kumar Singh, Additional Director at the Centre For Health and Social Justice in India; Nihal Saad Zaghloul, founder of the Imprint Movement in Egypt and Jerker Edstrom who is Research Fellow at IDS in the UK.

'Hard Talk' on engaing men to end sexual and gender-based violence'


Get the current thinking on the issues by reading and watching key resources on collective action, men and SGBV. Have we missed something? Get in touch.


What works in collective action on SGBV? BRIDGE will joined us for a social media discussion on #SGBVaction

Follow @BRIDGE_IDS on Twitter or go to the BRIDGE Facebook page to share ideas and stories. We also heard from the activists sharing their insights in Brighton. 

See a collection of comments and ideas from this event here on our Storify.


Seminar: Experts discuss work with men against SGBV.

Engaging men in activism against sexual and gender-based violence

Party! From 18:00 (GMT) at the IDS Bar, there was an interactive event showing multimedia outputs from IDS researchers and partners' ongoing work on collective and action and SGBV involving men. A rare opportunity for anyone interested in tackling SGBV with men to connect informally with each other and share emerging knowledge on successful approaches and key challenges.

Keep checking back to this page and #SGBVaction for more resources, video and a report from the event.