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MRI Co-facilitates Training of Trainers for Women's Peacemakers Program

Overcoming Violence: Exploring Masculinities, Violence and Peace

For two weeks in December 2009, MRI's Steven Botkin traveled to the Netherlands to co-lead the first training in a 2-year program called "Overcoming Violence: Exploring Masculinities, Violence and Peace" organized by the Women's Peacemakers Program (WPP) of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). The participants in this pioneering training of trainers consisted of 19 activist men from 17 different countries.

The training focused on gender-sensitive active non-violence, the theory of masculinities and its relation to violence, and participatory and gender-sensitive facilitation. One of the outputs from the training was a collective statement from the participants, "Together for Transformation: A Call to Men and Boys."

A short video on the first training of trainers is posted above, and WPP's report of the first training sessions is now available for download here.

Steven Botkin, along with co-facilitator Patricia Ackerman joined representatives from WPP to present lessons learned from this project at the annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women Conference in New York on March 5, 2010.

In July of 2010, the group of 19 men from 17 countries that had met for two weeks in December reconvened in the Philippines for the second training — again co-facilitated by Steven Botkin from MRI. The group shared about their fieldwork experiences based on the first training, and deepened their understanding about masculinity, gender, and active non-violence.

Steven Botkin reported that "It was inspirational for everyone, and wonderful to see how the ripple effect continues to spread around the globe." Steven is now writing chapters for a training manual that WPP will publish early next year.

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