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Interactions has published a new series of dialogues on the engagement of men and boys in tackling sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This one-off blog series offers an opportunity to openly talk about SGBV and the successes and challenges connected to addressing it. Experts will have their say and anyone can join the dialogue until 10 December. 

Throughout the 16 Days campaign, from 25 November until 10 December, IDS will be bringing together its work on gender, violence, militarism and education, along with that of its global partners and friends. Check back each day for new things: from academic research to news, blog posts to video.

This new policy brief from IDS highlights that gendered violence does not exist in isolation, and is intertwined with other forms of power, privilege and social exclusion. It argues that taking an ‘intersectional analysis’ approach can help to realise the tangled nature of SGBV and how cross-movement alliance building and the sharing of best practice is crucial in tackling this violence.

On Thursday 19 November a seminar discussing the rape of men in conflict settings will also launch the film 'Men Can Be Raped Too', which has been developed by the members of the Men of Hope Association (MOHA), a refugee support group in Uganda. The event will include 'provocations' from Refugee Law Project Director, Chris Dolan and, via video link from Uganda, members of the MOHA. Watch the film and tune in to the live discussion on Interactions.

IDS has published a new report outlining their global-level advocacy work, undertaken with ActionAid International, over the course of a four-year programme to make care visible. It highlights that the inclusion of unpaid care work in the final outcome document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals as one way in which unpaid care work is being slowly recognised in development discourse, programmes and policies.

How do we make cities more inclusive and secure? At the ‘From Urban Exclusion to Inclusive Urbanisation’ workshop, hosted by IIED, IDS and UNFPA in London from 28-30 October 2015, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed outlined the particular challenges urban women face in accessing the increased social, economic, and political opportunities available to them in cities.

A new report, published by IDS, focuses on gender and the emergence of a dynamic network of actors that reveal not only Sierra Leone's history of violence, but also its capacity for ‘rebuilding differently’ to foster resilience and create long-term social transformation.

The Refugee Law Project has produced five video testimonies from men who experienced conflict-related sexual violence in their home country of Democratic Republic of Congo and are now taking a stand against sexual violence in Uganda.