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Where are the men? A qualitative study of the role of men and masculinities in building a culture of peace in colombia

Marklund, Sara LU and Rosen, Sanna LU (2015) MIDM19 20151
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to build on the debate on the importance of gender
awareness in peacebuilding and explore the role of men and masculinities in
challenging norms of violence and building a culture of peace in Colombia. Semi-structured
interviews were conducted in Bogotá with seven organisations working
with masculinities and eleven organisations working with women’s rights. The data
gained was later analysed through a framework combining peace, gender and
masculinity theories. This study found that organisations working with masculinities
engage men through self-reflective activities to change behaviours and attitudes. The
aim is to create new or alternative masculinities as opposed to the violent hegemonic
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The purpose of this thesis is to build on the debate on the importance of gender
awareness in peacebuilding and explore the role of men and masculinities in
challenging norms of violence and building a culture of peace in Colombia. Semi-structured
interviews were conducted in Bogotá with seven organisations working
with masculinities and eleven organisations working with women’s rights. The data
gained was later analysed through a framework combining peace, gender and
masculinity theories. This study found that organisations working with masculinities
engage men through self-reflective activities to change behaviours and attitudes. The
aim is to create new or alternative masculinities as opposed to the violent hegemonic
masculinity they find being destructive for men as well as women. Within
organisations working with women’s rights the role of men and masculinities is fairly
absent. By working with individual and collective empowerment of women they aim
to eliminate norms allowing for structural, cultural and direct violence against
women. Lastly, to balance an increased focus on men and masculinities with the need
to maintain autonomous spaces for women, as highlighted by organisations working
with women’s rights, will be a challenge. (Less)
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author
Marklund, Sara LU and Rosen, Sanna LU
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MIDM19 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
culture of peace, men, masculinity norms, hegemonic masculinity, new masculinities, women, gender equality, violence
language
English
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5423522
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis is to build on the debate on the importance of gender
awareness in peacebuilding and explore the role of men and masculinities in
challenging norms of violence and building a culture of peace in Colombia. Semi-structured
interviews were conducted in Bogotá with seven organisations working
with masculinities and eleven organisations working with women’s rights. The data
gained was later analysed through a framework combining peace, gender and
masculinity theories. This study found that organisations working with masculinities
engage men through self-reflective activities to change behaviours and attitudes. The
aim is to create new or alternative masculinities as opposed to the violent hegemonic
masculinity they find being destructive for men as well as women. Within
organisations working with women’s rights the role of men and masculinities is fairly
absent. By working with individual and collective empowerment of women they aim
to eliminate norms allowing for structural, cultural and direct violence against
women. Lastly, to balance an increased focus on men and masculinities with the need
to maintain autonomous spaces for women, as highlighted by organisations working
with women’s rights, will be a challenge.},
  author       = {Marklund, Sara and Rosen, Sanna},
  keyword      = {culture of peace,men,masculinity norms,hegemonic masculinity,new masculinities,women,gender equality,violence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Where are the men? A qualitative study of the role of men and masculinities in building a culture of peace in colombia},
  year         = {2015},
}