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I work for social change, as a writer, trainer, photographer and video-maker. My work focuses on issues of gender justice and social oppression, personal and political violence, and processes of individual and institutional change. For over 20 years as an independent consultant, I have supported organizations and activist formations in countries of the global south and north to pursue their social change goals. I co-founded the Challenging Male Supremacy project in New York City, whose work is described here. More details of my professional experience and expertise are included here, and summarized below. I recently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Practice at the University of Sussex in the UK; some of my doctoral writing and practice can be found here. Please get in touch using this contact form if you would like to discuss how we might work together on your project of social change. Tools development: I develop, pilot and revise curricula and training materials that better equip organizations to implement their programs on gender, health and violence. I have documented promising practice in relation to such programs and created innovative digital media tools to support such work. I have authored toolkits on masculinities, gender-based violence, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. Capacity building: I support organizations working on gender, health and violence to respond to the identified rights, needs and interests of targeted communities. I provide training and technical support to strengthen their capacity in all aspects of program development (assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation), with an emphasis on participatory approaches that mobilize community involvement in such programming. Program and policy analysis: As both author, editor and facilitator, I develop and apply analyses of issues of men, masculinity and power that articulate the connections between gender and other forms of oppression as well as interpersonal and institutional violence, public health and public safety, and individual and social change. Strategic planning: I design, deliver and document strategic planning processes for organizations working on a range of social justice issues and social change goals. I have led strategic planning processes focused at national, regional and global levels with nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations.

Co-authored with Dean Peacock and Thokozile Budaza, in “From Moralizing to Preventive Action: HIV/AIDS and Human Security in South Africa”, Angela Ndinga-Muvumba (ed), Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town (2007) Launched on International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December 1998, the South African Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has demonstrated its ability to win […]

Increasing attention to the role of gender inequalities in driving the HIV/AIDS epidemic has resulted in a growing interest in the possibilities and difficulties of HIV prevention work with men. The primary challenge of this work, as identified by Rao Gupta above, is to correct the “imbalance of power” that creates vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Framing […]

This chapter discusses the politics of men’s roles and responsibilities in efforts to end gender-based violence. Feminist analyses of the arrangements of power and male privilege that both produce and are produced by such violence make clear that ending such violence cannot simply be a matter of individual men changing their violent behaviour. Political action […]

‘There is no political system in which the spectacle of two men fighting is not a striking, if unintended, image of the political impotence of most men.’ (Oates 1987: 63) The meaning of male violence should be a central concern of Gender and Development (GAD) discourse and practice. Patriarchal values and structures are both expressed […]

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