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Engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women in times of crisis

November 18, 2022 at 2:38 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse - 


24 November 2022 




Room 302. G20, Ground floor Science Building. Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland, 23 Symonds Street, Auckland. 


Shifting the Line Research Group 



This presentation will explore these linkages, and consider how we can effectively work with men and boys to develop more caring, connected relationships with others and themselves, in order to prevent different forms of violence – from gender-based violence to environmental harm. 

There is increasing recognition of the need for more engagement with men and boys across society – from educational settings to workplaces – about the positive role they can play in the prevention of violence against women. However, there is a danger that in times of crisis, violence prevention work, and gender equality efforts more broadly, fall ‘off the agenda’. Yet Covid-19 demonstrated that these efforts are becoming more urgent, not less, and there is evidence that climate breakdown exacerbates different forms of violence and abuse. Furthermore, work to open up restrictive gender norms and expectations can also help us to address the patriarchal roots of crises such as climate change.  

Dr Stephen Burrell is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology at Durham University in the UK. He is also a Deputy Director of Durham’s Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA). Stephen is currently conducting a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship about the links between masculinities, patriarchy, the climate crisis, and violence. Previously his research has focused primarily on engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women, in spaces such as universities and workplaces. He also co-hosts a podcast called ‘Now and Men: Current conversations about men’s lives’. 

The Shifting the Line Research Group are hosting Stephen’s visit to the University of Auckland and are inviting anyone who is interested to attend his presentation and informal discussion with them afterwards. Registration is not required for this in-person only event. 

For any inquires, please contact Minha Kim 


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