Not the Usual Suspects: Engaging Male Champions of Women, Peace and Security
Time and Place
On October 13th, the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference co-hosted a conversation on the current level of men's engagement in Women, Peace and Security and what steps we can take together to encourage more male allies to join the movement. The panel was moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, and featured Sahana Dharmapuri, Director of Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference; Ambassador Steven McGann, founder of The Stevenson Group; Tim Shand, Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships, Promundo; Jolynn Shoemaker, Consultant, Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference; and Ambassador Donald Steinberg, CEO, World Learning, Inc.
While men still dominate leadership roles within national and international security structures, they have remained on the sidelines of the Women, Peace, and Security movement. Even as awareness of Women, Peace, and Security has grown, efforts to engage men have been ad hoc and good practices have not been shared, especially at the policy level.
Our panelists spoke about the gendered, structural limitations that exist within security structures that they have experienced and studied, and what practices can be implemented to
Ambassador Melanne Verveer:
“Progress has not been what it should be on this issue - there has been some progress, but it's slower than it should be."
"The key finding that was the most surprising to us was that across the board…, the almost unanimous view that working on women in peace and security has transformed the way that these men in leadership positions view what security is.”
"One of the biggest obstacles people identified were embedded cultures in their organizations."
Ambassador Steven McGann:
“Unless you have widespread institutional support, nothing can happen.”
“…Conflict and war have gendered impacts both for women and for men”
Ambassador Donald Steinberg:
“Involving women is not only, as you said, the right thing, but it’s the most efficient and effective thing.”
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