Round table: Men and women in a vicious circle of violence
On Tuesday 10th January 2017, the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and the Faculty of Social Sciences organized a round table Men and women in a vicious circle of violence at the Poligon creative centre in Ljubljana.
The round table, which was moderated by dr. Tomaž Deželan (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana), was attended by five speakers and panellists, who come from different spheres of social life: Jason A. Laker, Ph.D. (San Jose State University, USA), Christian Veske (European Institute for Gender Equality), dr. Jasna Podreka (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and Association SOS Help-line for Women and Children – Victims of Violence), Gregor Lapajne (Association for Nonviolent Communication), and Ranka Ivelja(newspaper Dnevnik).
The round table was designed for policy makers, employees in education and science, students, NGOs, social workers, the media and all those who have to deal with the problem of violence. Participants tackled complex topics that are usually not at the forefront of discussions on violence against women and domestic violence: perceptions of masculinity and violence in society, understanding consent to sexual intercourse, violence and abuse of men in the family, the implementation of programmes for perpetrators of violence and prevention programmes for boys, the media images of violence and the role and participation of men in the implementation of campaigns aimed at preventing violence against women. The presentations were followed by a discussion in which the panellists and discussants indicated some possible solutions.