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March 26, 2018

'Involving Men in Ending Violence Against Women': Book talk

Submitted by Angela Hubler

Joyce Wu

Involving men to stop violence against women is a global trend, with celebrity-endorsed campaigns such as HeforShe and White Ribbon being hailed as progress in changing male behavior. But the question remains: Has men's involvement resulted in positive change, or has it reinforced the belief that women need to be rescued by men? 

Joyce Wu will discuss her book, "Involving Men in Ending Violence Against Women" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 112, Leasure Hall. 

"Involving Men in Ending Violence Against Women" provides a feminist analysis of men's motivations for joining violence against women's movement. Through extensive fieldwork in Afghanistan, Pakistan and East Timor, this innovative title explores the roles men play in violence against women programs and provides empirical and critical analysis of how men's feminist involvement is translated into benevolent patriarchy.

Wu is a research fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO. Prior to academic life, Wu worked as a gender specialist, domestic violence counselor and feminist researcher with organizations including DFAT and UN Women. Wu is currently working with CSIRO to mainstream gender into DFAT-funded water resources management program in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Wu's talk is sponsored by the gender, women, and sexuality studies department and is free and open to the public. 

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