'Being a man is not about violence'

Nobel peace prize laureate Jody Williams says men have the power to stop domestic violence and wars.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, professor Jody Williams attends a debate Living peace, stopping gender and sexual violence. Preventing inequality, oppression and abuse on 13 December, 2014 during the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. Picture: AFP.

ROME - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams is appealing to men around the world to stop the cycle of violence.

American born Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines.

She has been speaking at the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates in Rome.

Today's theme is stopping gender and sexual violence.

Williams says men have the power to stop domestic violence and wars.

"It's not just an issue of women standing up for our rights it's an issue of men standing up and recognising that being male and masculine is not about violence."

Yemeni Nobel peace prize laureate Tawakkol Karman is appealing to Iran's leaders to stop violence in her country and in Syria.

An emotional & teary embrace between Iran's Shirin Ebadi & Yemen's Tawakkol Karman. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

Karman won the Nobel peace prize in 2011 for peace building work in Yemen.

Karman says hundreds of thousands of people are displaced because of Iran.