Joseph Vess

Joseph Vess is a Senior Program Officer at Promundo, focusing on sexual and gender-based violence prevention and men’s engagement in crisis, conflict and post-conflict settings. Among the projects he coordinates are the international Living Peace campaign, Promundo’s work on SGBV prevention in post-conflict Central Africa, men’s engagement to prevent child abuse and child sexual exploitation in Eastern Europe, and violence prevention with young men and boys in the former Yugoslavia. He previously served as Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Men Can Stop Rape where he trained professionals in the US from a wide variety of fields to engage men and boys in the prevention of GBV and the promotion of gender equality. He has worked with a wide variety of groups on bystander intervention skill-building, establishment of healthier masculine norms that challenge GBV, men’s engagement in women’s economic empowerment initiatives and acknowledging the detrimental effect that gender inequality has on men and women alike. He has a master’s in international peace and conflict resolution from American University, where he focused on sexual violence in armed conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa.