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dc.contributor.authorLwambo, Desiree*
dc.contributor.editorSweetman, Carolineen
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-20T14:16:02Zen
dc.date.available2013-03-20T14:16:02Zen
dc.date.issued2013-03-14en
dc.identifier.issn1355-2074en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13552074.2013.769771en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/274373en
dc.descriptionHumanitarian interventions that confuse &lsquo;gender issues&rsquo; with &lsquo;women&rsquo;s issues&rsquo; ignore the complex nature of gender and its potential as a tool for social change. This article reflects on this issue, in the context of an analysis of the relationship between sexual and gender-based violence and hegemonic masculinities in the conflict zone of North Kivu province in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It draws on a research study focusing on the discrepancies between dominant ideals of masculinity and the actual realities of men&rsquo;s lives. As men try to enact masculine ideals of breadwinner and family head, the current political and economic context puts them under increasing pressure. Respondents drew a direct connection between the resulting sense of failure and unhealthy outlets for asserting masculinity, lack of productivity, and violence. They were critical of the fact that most programmes dealing with sexual and genderbased violence focus exclusively on supporting women. I argue here that such interventions do not recognise the interdependent and interactive nature of gender. Their antagonising effect is evidenced by the high level of men&rsquo;s resistance to programmes and campaigns promoting gender equality. The article further highlights the role of &lsquo;hegemonic masculinity&rsquo; in creating a general climate of violence and conflict, pointing up the need for holistic approaches that empower men to make non-violent life choices. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the <a href="http://www.genderanddevelopment.org">Gender and Development</a> website.en
dc.format.extent20en
dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/before-the-war-i-was-a-man-men-and-masculinities-in-the-eastern-democratic-repu-274373
dc.subjectConflict and disasters
dc.subjectGender
dc.title'Before the war, I was a man': men and masculinities in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congoen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9221en
dc.identifier.journalGender & Developmenten
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.subject.countryThe Democratic Republic of Congoen
oxfam.subject.keywordConflict
oxfam.subject.keywordGender-based violence
oxfam.subject.keywordMasculinity
oxfam.subject.keywordResearch methods
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment
oxfam.subject.keywordSexual violence
oxfam.subject.keywordGender and Development Journal
oxfam.subject.keywordGaD
prism.issuenameWorking with men on gender equalityen
prism.number1en
prism.volume21en
dc.year.issuedate2013en


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