Getting Under the Skin: Unconventional dialogues on patriarchy and change

Monday 10 November 2014 14:00 to 15.30
India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India

How is patriarchy changing and what do men and boys have to do with it? How should different constituencies engage with challenging patriarchy for gender justice?

Bringing together diverse perspectives from challenging gender binaries, stereotypes and myths to ‘undressing patriarchy’, in unconventional dialogues between social movement activists, thinkers and policy makers, this event will explore how we perceive change as happening (or not) in oppressive gender orders. And also, ‘how can men and boys be brought into such agendas for gender justice?’

Speakers working in diverse spheres – from women’s empowerment and the care economy, to sexuality and development, to men and masculinities – will debate how to understand and try to resist the active naturalisation of patriarchy (and new forms of male supremacy) in evolving systems of power and how this relates to policy in development and to global geopolitics more broadly.

The event is a satellite session of the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 Men and Boys for Gender Justice. The session's organisers are members of the IDS research programme Gender, Power and Sexuality: connecting local voices to Global policy arenas funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).


  • Unpaid care and women’s economic empowerment – Alexandra Kelbert (IDS) and Valentina Utari
  • Masculinities and patriarchy – Phil Otieno and Satish Kumar-Singh
  • Sex and sexuality – akshay khanna (IDS)
  • Dialogues across Social Movements – Julia Hamaus (IDS)
  • Global policy makers’ perspectives – Emily Esplen (OECD) and Carolina Wennerholm (Sida)

Moderator: Jerker Edström

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