In May 2014 I had the pleasure of taking part in a workshop organised at the University of British Columbia by Professor Susan B. Boyd entitled “Men’s Groups: Challenging Feminism”. The main aim of the workshop was to gather international scholars working on issues such as antifeminism, men’s social movements, mothers’ and fathers’ rights in child custody, domestic violence etcetera. During this two-day event, academics from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan analysed contemporary activism and debates and discourses on the resistance to feminism and discussed how to support the advancement of feminist theories and strategies with regard to preventing the development of antifeminist practices, discourses and legislation all around the world.
Over three years ago I had the pleasure of coordinating one the most interesting and exciting projects funded under the European Commission programme Daphne III entitled “IMPACT: Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programmes”. The main aim of the IMPACT project was to enhance and harmonise the outcome monitoring of European programmes for male perpetrators of domestic violence. As knowledge about the evaluation of such initiatives in Europe was not deep enough, IMPACT’s project team, consisting of seven organisations from five European countries, strived to fill this knowledge gap and offer solutions towards a harmonisation of perpetrator programme monitoring.
Few weeks ago my paper entitled Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Eastern European and Baltic countries was published in the special issue of Czech peer-reviewed journal Gender, Equal Opportunities, Research (Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum) dedicated to men and masculinities issues. The paper is a consequence of my scientific interests which include, among others, men and violence perpetration. My analysis is based on the findings from the Daphne III project Evaluation of European Perpetrators Programmes (2012-2013) as well as on the knowledge I gained during my work as a Research and Communication Officer in Work with Perpetrators – European Network.