Callum Watson

Callum Watson is a project coordinator for the DCAF Gender and Security Programme in Eastern Europe. His work primarily focuses on teaching gender to the military in NATO and Partner countries as well as on gender and justice reform in Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this role he conducts research, develops educational resources, delivers courses and provides technical assistance on gender and security in collaboration with both Gender and Security Programme staff and external partners, such as the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes. His main research interest is in men and masculinities.

Callum previously worked for DCAF’s UN and Security Sector Reform Programme within the Research Division, focusing especially on UN support to National Security Policy-making. Prior to joining DCAF, he worked as a civil servant at the Fukuyama Board of Education in Japan. His work included English language syllabus development, teaching and promoting cultural exchange. He also has voluntary experience in rural development projects in Tamil Nadu, India and in Human Rights with Amnesty International.

Callum holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics where he specialized in political science. During this time he was involved in academic exchanges in the Middle East and the Western Balkans. He also completed a master’s degree in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute for International Affairs and Development in Geneva where he specialised in gender and foreign policy.

Callum speaks English, French and Japanese.


Preventing and Responding to Sexual and Domestic Violence against Men: A Guidance Note for Security Sector Institutions

Sexual and domestic violence (SDV) presents a serious security threat in all societies and one that security sector institutions such as the police, justice system, armed forces and prisons are increasingly beginning to address. Historically, SDV was thought to almost exclusively affect women, yet recent studies in several countries have indicated that there are also large numbers of male victims. These men often share similar security needs with female victims, but they also experience gender-specific barriers to accessing security and justice caused, in part, by the fact that the issue of SDV against men remains shrouded in silence and misconceptions. With this in mind, this guidance note is designed to serve as a tool to enable security sector institutions to provide a more effective, gender-sensitive approach to preventing and responding to SDV against men.

The first half of this publication provides an overview of the characteristics and incidence of SDV committed against men as well as an outline of who the perpetrators and victims are and what impact these forms of violence tend to have on the victim. It then highlights how these factors translate into gender-specific barriers to reporting and why the security sector should seek to overcome them. The second half of the publication begins with a collection of recommendations on how security sector institutions can improve their ability to prevent and respond to SDV against men. This is followed by some suggested self-assessment questions designed to help these institutions understand how they currently respond to SDV against men with the aim of identifying areas of further work.


Policy and Research Papers

Teaching Gender in the Military: a Handbook

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DCAF, on behalf of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC) Security Sector Reform Working Group and in collaboration with the Education Development Working Group, launched a new publication entitled "Teaching Gender in the Military".

The handbook aims to

(a) strengthen the ability of faculty to integrate gender in professional military education and

(b) improve the capacity of gender experts to deliver educational content.

 In other words, it covers both ‘what to teach’ and ‘how to teach’ when it comes to gender and the military.

This handbook is a product of the Security Sector Reform Working Group of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC), which is co-chaired by DCAF (the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces). The Handbook addresses the call to integrate gender in military education and training articulated in the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; the NATO frameworks to implement these resolutions; and national policies and initiatives in the NATO-PfP area.

It documents the knowledge outcomes of a series of four workshops on teaching gender in the military organised by the Security Sector Reform and Education Development Working Groups of the PfPC. These workshops were held over the course of two years and focused on the methodology of teaching gender to the military, designing sample lesson plans, integrating gender in the curriculum and evaluation, coaching and mentoring.

It was officially launched at NATO Headquarters in Brussels during the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives in June this year. The launch was kindly hosted by the Swiss Mission to NATO.

To access Teaching Gender in the Military: a Handbook kindly follow the link.