Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict: Engaging Men and Boys

This advocacy brief explores how to engage men and boys in preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Both the prevention of such violence and the quality of responses when it has occurred will be greatly enhanced by understanding men’s varied relations to this violence and by engaging men at diverse levels. This brief has three parts: “Sexual Violence, Peace, Conflict and Post-Conflict,” which discusses the context of sexual violence in conflict, and in both war and peace; “The Place of Men and Boys in Relation to Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict,” which discusses the varied roles of men and boys as perpetrators, survivors, witnesses, peacekeepers, police and soldiers, service providers and change makers; and “Engaging Men and Boys on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings,” which outlines a range of policy and programmatic proposals focused on engaging men.