Case Studies

From Masculinities and Transition

During the project ‘Masculinities in Transition: Enduring Privilege?’, four teams of researchers undertook field research in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine.  These country case studies informed the overall study, as well as provided fine-grained analysis of the issues explored in each of the four countries.


During the second phase of the EMERGE project, we have developed eight case studies in order to illustrate key evidence based approaches and highlight evidence gaps. The case studies document learning from across different regions - Africa, Middle East, Latin America and South Asia. Each case study is accompanied by a Story of Change, which pulls out the key findings and recommendations. 


'Beyond the prostate: Brazil’s national healthcare policy for men (PNAISH)', EMERGE Case Study 1

How Brazil's national healthcare policy for men is helping to create positive changes in gender roles and relations.

‘We do it ourselves: Nijera Kori and the struggle for economic and gender justice in Bangladesh', EMERGE Case Study 2

Nijera Kori's work in Bangladesh to organise landless people to fight for gender and economic justice

'Swapping the stick for a broom: Men supporting women in local politics in India', EMERGE Case Study 4

How the Samajhdar Jodidar project in rural Maharashtra, India, engages men to support women's participation in local politics.

MenCare in Latin America: Challenging harmful masculine norms and promoting positive changes in men’s caregiving’, EMERGE Case Study 5

The work of the MenCare campaign in Latin America and its engagement of men as involved, non-violent fathers.

'Living Peace: From conflict to coping in Democratic Republic of Congo' EMERGE Case study 7

How the Living Peace project in DRC uses group therapy to reduce sexual and gender based violence and promote equitable gender roles.

See also IDS case studies on the involvement of men and boys in addressing sexual and gender based violence under our work on ‘Empowerment of Women and Girls’.


The EMERGE project has produced an evidence report that critically assesses trends and shifts in engaging men and boys for gender equality over the past 20 years. It explores successful policies and programmes and implications for best practice, as well as future directions for promoting men and boys’ support for gender equality, across a variety of priority thematic areas. Find out more about the report here. 

Gender justice is not just a fight for women, by women: a clear message from the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) which took place 9-20 March 2015 in New York. The event marked 20 years since the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women and its landmark Platform for Action. The role of men and boys was a hot topic at CSW, with many side events on the topic full to bursting point, and a dedicated discussion in the main session. IDS reports on the event.

Partners in EMERGE will be speaking at the International Conference on Men and Masculinities in New York on 6 March 2015, in the run-up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The event brings together international experts on men and masculinities within the context of health working at the research, programming and policy levels. It will seek to advance the debate on approaching gender and health from a more comprehensive perspective – one that also engages men as clients, partners and advocates. The seminar will be broadcast as a webinar and people will be able to send questions in real time to the panellists via and Twitter.

The EMERGE project partners have published an annotated bibliography on the site. This document library is a collection of the most significant literature on engaging men and boys for gender equality. It includes datasets, books, articles and programme reports published in recent years and is organised by theme.