March 08, 2018 @ 18:00 – March 08, 2018 @ 19:30
The Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix, Ivan Pictet Auditorium
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
in Geneva 1202


On the occasion of International Women’s Week 2018, the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute in collaboration with International Gender Champions-Geneva presents 


The 2018 Geneva Gender Debate: Engaging men and boys in gender equality
Thursday 8th March 2018, 18:00 - 19:30, Ivan Pictet Auditorium of the Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix

Motion: This house believes that engaging men and boys in gender equality is a game changer


Realising gender equality is critical to progress across all the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and requires actions by states, civil society and the private sector alike. On this we can find evidence and political consensus. But how do we overhaul the historical patriarchies that harbor discrimination and unconscious bias? Are men and boys part of the solution? What does it mean to engage men and boys and what are the risks?

Since Justin Trudeau announced himself a feminist in 2015, numerous other public figures have declared their political status on gender equality and committed to engage. Are these engaged men what is needed to finally usher in global gender justice? Are men the agents of change the women’s movement has been searching for? Can they be relied upon to deliver? Are gender equality programmes limited if they fail to engage men? What does it mean to engage men and how exactly will it contribute to gender equality? Are there any unintended consequences to consider? Is engaging men the silver bullet to ensuring gender equality is irreversible?

Come listen to debaters argue all sides of the discussion on the paths to global gender equality.


Opening Remarks: Professor Elisabeth Prügl, Director of the Gender Centre @ The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Moderator: Ms Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women @The Table and co-founder of the International Gender Champions

Opposing Motion

  • Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Professor Keith Krause, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Supporting Motion

  • Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN Geneva and International Gender Champion
  • Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, The Graduate Institute, Geneva


All events taking place during International Women's Week can be found here.