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Kaufman, Michael

Educator, Writer and Social Animator; Co-Founder, the White Ribbon Campaign and Senior Fellow, Instituto Promundo

Michael Kaufman is an educator, writer, and social animator focused on innovative approaches to engaging men and boys in the promotion of gender equality, ending violence against women, and promoting more positive ideals of manhood. He is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. He is a senior fellow at Instituto Promundo and the co-editor of the "State of the World's Fathers" report. He is a leader of MenCare, a new international network whose aim is men doing half of parenting and household work.

He has worked extensively within the UN system, including UNICEF, UNESCO, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, WFP, and IFAD in New York, Rome, Paris, Beijing, Kathmandu, Ankara, Geneva, Nairobi, Jakarta, and Delhi. He has worked with numerous nongovernmental organizations including OXFAM, Save the Children, and Amnesty International, as well as with governments on five continents. He designed the training to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace used by tens of thousands of UN staff.

He is the author or editor of eight books on gender issues, on democracy and development studies, and an award-winning novel, The Possibility of Dreaming on a Night Without Stars. His articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and journals around the world and have been translated into languages including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Estonian, Persian, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

His work with governments, corporations, trade unions, universities, non-governmental organizations, and the UN has taken him to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Georgia; Kenya, Namibia, South Africa; Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador; Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal; the United States and Canada.

Dr. Kaufman previously taught at York University in Toronto where he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean.

His latest book is the anti-war novel, The Afghan Vampires Book Club, co-written with Gary Barker. He is currently writing a non-fiction book about the global transformation of fatherhood.

He lives in Toronto, Canada, is married, and has a grown daughter and son.