There has been some progress towards gender equality in countries around the world. And increasingly, men are being invited to help build gender equality. There is a growing belief that men have a vital role to play in working with women to create a world of gender justice, in campaigns such as HeForShe and in programs addressing domestic violence, parenting, and health. But is gender equality good for men? What do men gain from more gender-equal relationships, families, and communities? What do men lose? Does feminism need men, and do men need feminism?
The Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse will be visited in December by the Australian academic on men and masculinities Dr Michael Flood (University of Wollongong), who will give a public lecture on his research around engaging men in speaking out against gender inequality and violence against women. The event is free to attend and all are welcome - please book your place using this page.
Dr Michael Flood is a researcher and educator who has made a significant contribution to both scholarship on and community understanding of violence against women. He has published a wide variety of papers on violence against women, men’s roles in prevention, and gender and sexuality. Dr Flood also is a trainer, community educator and activist.
Dr Flood’s research focuses on the primary prevention of violence against women, men and gender, and young men’s heterosexual relations. He has published widely on efforts to involve men and boys in the prevention of men’s violence against women, as well as such topics as men and gender equality, fathering, pornography, anti-feminist men’s groups, and homophobia. His research has attracted $1,476,000 of external funding, he is an Australian Research Council Expert Assessor of international standing, and he has given over 50 keynote and invited addresses to national and international gatherings. He is the co-founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM), the first research centre in Australia focused on this field of scholarship.
Dr Flood also is a trainer and community educator with a long involvement in community advocacy and education work focused on men’s violence against women. Dr Flood has been involved in large-scale research and education projects with such organisations as the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) and with young men in a wide variety of contexts. Dr Flood has participated in expert group meetings in Brazil and Thailand and provided advice to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Human Rights Commission, the NRL, and the AFL. In 2006, he received a NSW Violence Against Women Prevention Award for his role in raising community and professional awareness of violence prevention.