Webinar Date and Time: October 19 at 3:00 EST. You can watch the webinar here.
Webinar Summary: To achieve lasting social change, it is important to engage boys and men alongside girls and women, especially in post-conflict environments. Natko Geres shares experiences from Promundo, including their work in the Balkans, the DRC and Afghanistan.
Speaker Bio: Natko Gereš is a Program Officer at Promundo, where he focuses both on research related to men and gender equality and on men’s engagement in post-conflict and high-violence settings. He coordinates projects related to violence prevention, including the Young Men’s Clubs Against Violence in Kinshasa, as well as the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. He also manages the Peacebuilding Initiative with USIP in Afghanistan. Previously, Natko served for seven years as director of the Status M Centre, a Zagreb-based NGO working with young men on the promotion of nonviolence, health, and gender equality and on creating a more equitable Croatian society through deconstruction of rigid norms related to masculinity. At the Status M Centre, he coordinated the Program H-based program “Young Men Initiative” for the prevention of gender-based violence and the “Be a Man – Change the Rules” campaign, working with young men aged 14 to 18 in cooperation with Care International in the former Yugoslavia/Southeast Central Europe region. Natko started his active civic engagement through the Croatian Medical Students’ International Committee (CroMSIC) and the Croatian Association for HIV, where he worked for years in the field of reproductive health and AIDS. He also worked for almost two years at the City of Zagreb’s Institute for Emergency Medicine. Natko is a licensed medical doctor, and he is currently finalizing his MPH and PhD in the field of masculinity and men’s health at the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb School of Medicine.