Global Coordinator: Oswaldo Montoya
Oswaldo Montoya is a Nicaraguan psychologist. He is one of the founders of the Men´s Group Against Violence in Managua, which was the first men’s group of this kind in Central America. A former Fulbright grantee, he holds a Master´s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Boston College. For over twenty years he has served as an educator, activist, program officer, researcher, consultant and counselor engaging men and boys in the efforts to build a more gender-equitable society free from violence and discrimination.
Oswaldo worked with Puntos de Encuentro, a feminist organization and with Save the Children, promoting children´s rights. He is the author of several publications, educational manuals and has contributed to successful educational campaigns, advocacy and alliances to work with boys and men.
Co-Chair: Gary Barker
Gary Barker, PhD, is International Director and founder of Promundo,
an international NGO with offices in Brazil, Rwanda and the US that
works nationally and globally to engage men and boys in gender
equality and violence prevention. He is co-chair and co-founder of
MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 400 NGOs and UN agencies
working to engage men and boys in gender equality, and a member of the
UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network to end violence against
Gary has carried out research and program development on
engaging men and boys in the Balkans, Brazil, South Asia, sub-Saharan
Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and the US, including in
post-conflict settings. He holds a doctorate in child and adolescent
development and a master’s in public policy. He has been awarded an
Ashoka Fellowship and a fellowship from the Open Society Institute for
Among his publications is the book, Dying to be Men: Youth,
Masculinity and Social Exclusion (Routledge, 2005). He is coordinator
of the multi-country survey on men, IMAGES (the International Men and
Gender Equality Survey), one of the largest ever surveys on men’s
attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood and gender
Co-Chair: Dean Peacock
Dean Peacock is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sonke Gender Justice Network, a South African NGO working across Africa to increase men’s involvement in achieving gender equality, preventing gender based violence and reducing the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. He is also co-founder and co-chair of the Global MenEngage Alliance.
Dean’s work and activism over the last twenty years has focused on issues related to men, constructions of masculinities, health and social justice. In 1985 he joined the End Conscription Campaign to oppose Apartheid army violence and later worked with homeless youth in Managua, Nicaragua, and with perpetrators of domestic violence in jails and community settings in San Francisco. From 1994-2000 he served as the Youth Program Coordinator at Men Overcoming Violence and from 2001 to 2006 as the South Africa Program Director for EngenderHealth where he coordinated the Men As Partners Network.
In addition to his work at Sonke Gender Justice, Dean is a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders formed to advise Ban Ki-Moon on gender based violence prevention and of the Nobel Women’s Advisory Committee on ending sexual violence in conflict settings.
Over the years, Dean has served as a consultant to many UN agencies, as well as many civil society organizations in South Africa, the UK and the US, including the Treatment Action Campaign, Soul City, the UCLA Program in Global Health, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Gender Violence and Health Centre.
His writing has been published in many books and peer reviewed journals including The Lancet, The Journal of AIDS, the American Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Men's Health, the Journal of Men and Masculinities and Gender and Society. Together with Sonke Co-Director Bafana Khumalo he was selected by Men's Health Magazine as 2007 "Best Man" in the Public Service Category. He has a BA in Development Studies from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University.