Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality

Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality’ (EMERGE) is a two-year project to build an openly accessible basis of evidence, lessons and guidance for working with boys and men to promote gender equality, by early 2016. 

A consortium of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Promundo-US and Sonke Gender Justice Network collaborates in reviewing and analysing existing evidence, in documenting lessons from the field and in developing guidance for improved learning, policy and practice. We seek to find out what works best in engaging men and boys for gender equality in terms of changing social norms and the institutional arrangements and structures which sustain or shift norms and attitudes. It explores which men and women need to become engaged at different levels, why and how?

To achieve these aims the project addresses a range of questions, such as:

  • Which political, social and economic processes can bring about sustainable long-term attitudinal and behavioural change towards gender equality among boys and men?
  • What is the interplay between such change and formal or informal policies and institutions?
  • What are the various roles that boys and men (can) play in influencing or enabling interventions aimed at girls and women?
  • How can development interventions and approaches effectively support long-term attitudinal and behaviour change, facilitating men’s and boys’ support for gender equality, and which may hinder such support?


Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1997, Promundo works to promote caring, non-violent and equitable masculinities and gender relations internationally.

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for research, teaching and information on international development. Our vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and economic growth is focused on improving human wellbeing.

Established in 2006, Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a South-African NGO that strives to prevent domestic and sexual violence, reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS and promote gender equality and human rights.