Another Development Foundation will work with partners from many parts of the world. Peter Söderström, one of the founders, has been commissioned by a variety of employers for different international missions to work for gender euality and for freedom from violence as basic human right. Peter Söderström have worked with many partners in a variety of seetings and cultural environments. Below there is a list of assignments and projects in which Peter Söderström have been active.
2017 – The Embassy of Sweden and Resource Centre Marta, Riga, Latvia
Commissioned November 30th 2017 by The Embassy of Sweden and Resource Centre Marta to be a Keynote speaker at the international conference ”Effective Solutions for Preventing Domestic Violence and Violence against Women” in Riga, Latvia. Peter Söderström talked about the development of the gender transformative violence prevention field internationally, and how it is connected to the Swedish context and experiences of working with different kinds of violence prevention initiatives from an integrated gender perspective. The conference was arranged through a cooperation between The Embassy of Sweden, Resource Centre Marta, The Embassy of Finland, The Embassy of Norway, Nordic Council of Minister’s Office, State Police of the Republic of Latvia, The Department of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia.
H was also commissioned December 1st by Resource Centre Marta to carry out a public lecture on how to understand men´s violence against women and children, and what kind of measures different stakeholders can take to counteract and prevent different forms of gender based violence on an structural as well as on an individual level.
2017 – Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WCDFVS), Perth, Australia
On behalf of the Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WCDFVS), Perth, Australia, in collaboration with the Center for Response-Based Practice on Vancouver Island, Canada, Peter Söderström was invited to be a keynote speaker and responsible for a workshop at the international 3-day conference ”Dignity 2017” May 22nd-24th in Perth, Australia. The aim of the conference was bringing ’dignity’ back into the lives of women and children who have survived family and domestic violence.
2016 – Men Engage Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands
On behalf of Men for Gender Equality he participated in a two-day planning meeting with Men Engage Europe (MEE) and the European Network for Work with Perpetrators (WWP) to build up an European network and campaign against male violence. The meeting was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands April 2016.
2016 – Center for Response-Based Practice, Vancouver Island, Canada
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström participated as the keynote speaker in the International 3-day conference ”Dignity 2016”, invited by the Center for Response-Based Practice on Vancouver Island, Canada, with the aim of exploring human service work, anti-violence and decolonising practices, and the importance of language from a response-based perspective.
2016 – Men Engage Global and Men Engage Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström planned and implemented a 3-day workshop in Cape Town, South Africa 2016 with the aim of transfering the underlying idea of the 5 Days of Violence Prevention event to Men Engage Global and Men Engage Africa, in order to create the preconditions for the event to develop and continue on different continents as a strategic tool for developing gender-transformative violence prevention at global level.
2016 – Åland Provincial Government,Mariehamn, Åland
Assigned by the Åland Provincial Government in 2016 to document the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Conference on Health, Care and Equal Opportunities, held in Mariehamn on Åland, June 14th-15th.
2015 – Promundo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström planned and participated in a one-week study visit to the Promundo organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015, for staff from Men for Gender Equality, with a purpose to study the organization’s background, structure and practice, focusing on their different forms of gender-transformative violence prevention interventions.
2014 – New Men in Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality in 2014, participated as a consultant in a project funded by Sida entitled ”New Men in Belarus” focusing on gender equality and building a sustainable system for involving men as fathers and developing gender equality activities in order to change current gender norms. Project Manager was Mats Berggren.
2014 – Regional Observatory on Violence Against Women, Paris, France
On behalf of the Swedish government, participated in a delegation invited by the Regional Observatory on Violence Against Women (ORVF) in Paris, France within the Swedish programme ”Innovative measures in the struggle against prostitution and intra family violence”. The task was to give knowledge on the the Swedish governments work with the national gender equality goals, where the focus was on highlighting the work with men´s violence against women and how the Swedish law prohibiting the purchase of sexual services, were developed.
2014 – Waitt Institute, Sioux City, USA
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström planned and implemented, in close collaboration with the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society and Unizon, a one week study visit to Sioux City, IOWA, USA. Participants were invited representatives of several authorities, municipal representatives and NGO;s. The purpose was to visit Alan Heisterkamp, Waitt Institute and their partners to gain in-depth knowledge of the socio-ecological model of Sioux City Project violence prevention work that has been so successful.
2014 – Men for Gender Equality, Stockholm, Sweden
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström planned and implemented an international event – ”5 Days of Violence Prevention” – in Stockholm in May 2014. The event consisted of different activities, held at different locations, aimed at different target groups during five days in Stockholm. Some of the foremost experts from all over the world were invited to initiate a dialogue on how gender-transformative violence prevention work can be developed on a global level.
- Liz Kelly, PhD, Professor of Sexualised Violence at London Metropolitan University and Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London, England
- Gary Barker, PhD, International Director and founder of Promundo, Brasilien, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Sharyn J. Potter, Ph.D., MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of Prevention Innovations at University of New Hampshire, USA
- Pierrette Pape, Policy Officer and Project Coordinator Violence against Women, The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), Brussels, Belgium
- Linda Coates, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Okanagan College, Vancouver, Canada
- Allan Wade, PhD, senior faculty with the Master of Counselling Program, City University of Seattle and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada
- Jeffrey O`Brien, Director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) National; a program of Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).
- Graham Goulden, Chief Inspector, Violence Reduction Unit, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D., Director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Leadership Institute, Center for Violence Prevention, University of Northern Iowa
- Dean Peacock, Founding Director, Sonke Gender Justice Network, Cape Town Area, South Africa
- Dr. Zulema Altamirano Argudo, Seconded National Expert – Gender-based violence, European Institute for Gender Equality, Vilnius, Lithuania
Christian Veske, Networking and Communications | Men and Gender Equality, European Institute for Gender Equality, Vilnius, Lithuania
- John Doyle, Coordinator of Domestic Violence Intervention Programme (MEND), Men Ending Domestic Abuse, The Men’s Development Network Ltd. Dublin, Ireland
- Dr Dinesh Sethi, Regional Adviser on Violence and Injury Prevention at WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Stephanie Miedema, Research Consultant, Partners for Prevention, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV, Asia-Pacific regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 – Violence Reduction Unit, Edinburgh, Scotland
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström participated in a two-day MVP Leadership Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013, invited by Graham Goulden, the Violence Reduction Unit, Edinburgh. An event where adults and young mentors met to gain knowledge and exchange experience focusing on the work of the English school system with its gender-transformative violence prevention programme Mentors in Violence Prevention.
2012 – Northeastern University and New Hampshire University, Boston, USA
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström planned and implemented a one-week study visit to Boston, USA, 2012, for the team in the ”Freedom from Violence Project”, specifically to attend the first conference on the gender-transformative violence prevention program Mentors in Violence Prevention, as well as studying the MVP Program in more detail and also meeting representatives of New Hampshire University regarding their program entitled Bringing in the Bystander.
2011-2012 – University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria, South Africa
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality Peter Söderström participated as a practitioner in the research project ”Hegemonic Masculinities and Men in Sweden and South Africa: Theorising Power and Change” 2011-2012. A collaborative project between Linköping University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. ”The specific aim was to enhance understanding of a key concept in the gendered research of men, namely hegemonic masculinity, and to deepen our understanding of how to approach work to change men in order to build gender equity, reduce gender-based violence and improve men’s health.”
2011 – Northeastern University, Boston, USA
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality Peter Söderström planned and implemented a one-week study visit to Boston, USA, 2011, for the team in the ”Freedom from Violence Project”, with an aim to study different types of violence prevention interventions in various forms of organizations e.g. government, universities and NGOs.
2011 – European Institute for Gender Equality, Vilnius, Lithuania
Invited as an expert to participate in the Experts’ Meeting on Gender-Based Violence in Vilnius, Lithuania in May 2011, invited by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
2011, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
On behalf of the NGO Men for Gender Equality, Peter Söderström attended ACBS ACT – World Conference IX at the University of Parma, Italy 2011.
2010-2011 – The Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) and The Embassy of Sweden, Hanoi, Vietnam
Invited by The Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam and The Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) in Hanoi, Peter Söderström participated as a consultant in a project in Hanoi, Vietnam to prevent and combat men’s violence. Funded by The Swedish Embassy in Vietnam and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Project Manager was Vidar Vetterfalk.
2010 – Lann Development Consultants, Minsk, Belarus
On behalf of Lann Development Consultants, 2010, Peter Söderström participated as a consultant in a project funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) – ” NADEZHDA 2 – MAN; Component Teenage Boys Groups2 – in Minsk, Belarus for the purpose of preventing and countering men’s violence. Project Manager was Vidar Vetterfalk.
2010 – Åland Provincial Government, Mariehamn, Åland
Under the auspices of the Åland Provincial Government, 2010, Peter Söderström trained childcare staff in gender equality.
2010 – Marta Resource Center for Women and Åland Peace Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania and Mariehamn, Åland
Assigned by the Åland Peace Institute in the framework of ”The Overcoming Gender Disparities Project together with Magnus Sjögren, to lecture on gender equality at the parliament in Vilnius, Lithuania, and to conduct a two-day training course in leading groups of girls, boys, women and men with an integrated gender perspective for Marta Resource Center for Women in Riga, Latvia.
2007-2009 – SIPU International, Vologda, Russia
On behalf of SIPU International, Peter Söderström participated as an expert in a programme funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Russia focusing on preventing men’s violence against women and children, gender equality and masculinity, Peter Söderström worked specifically in ”The Involved Men, Decreased Domestic Violence Project”, responsible for the component men and youth Support and encouraging change in social roles. Project Manager was Virginija Langbakk.