Evolving Men: Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES)

G.; Contreras
JM.; Heilman
B.; Singh
A.; Verma
International Center for Research on Women and Instituto Promundo
Publication date: 
January 2011

Are men evolving in their practices and attitudes related to gender equality? Changes in gender attitudes do seem to be happening as younger men and men with higher levels of education show more gender equitable attitudes and practices. The evidence is presented in this report summarizes the initial, comparative analysis of The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES). IMAGES is a comprehensive household questionnaire that surveyed men’s attitudes and practices – along with women’s opinions and reports of men’s practices – on topics related to gender equality. From 2009 to 2010, household surveys were administered to more than 8,000 men and 3,500 women ages 18-59 in Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico and Rwanda. Topics in the questionnaire included: gender-based violence; health and health- related practices; household division of labour; men’s participation in caregiving and as fathers; men’s and women’s attitudes about gender and gender- related policies; transactional sex; men’s reports of criminal behaviour; and quality of life.

This initial report provides descriptive statistics and bi-variate analysis of key results for the topics listed above. IMAGES followed standard procedures for carrying out representative household surveys. The initial findings suggest that most men in the survey sites accept gender equality as an abstract even if they are not yet living it in their daily practices. This report is a useful resource for those wishing to implement policy and programming to promote gender equality.

Publication place: 
Washington DC
Evolving Men: Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES). (2011). Washington, D.C.: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW); Instituto Promundo.
Gender equality
Gender-based violence
health related practices
household division of labour
men’s participation
gender related policies
transactional sex
criminal behaviour
quality of life
male attitudes
sexual health
gender norms
gender attitudes