Gender inequality remains a critical challenge and threatens to severely undermine progress towards the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). This continued challenge is recognised in the policies and commitments of various development agencies. But while many gender equality policies and programmes only target and work with women and girls, compelling evidence and experience shows that engaging men and boys in these processes is crucial for lasting change.
This briefing highlights some implications for policy from the learning in the EMERGE project. It makes the case for reframing policy on gender equality in order to more productively factor in men and boys, and it suggests actions and approaches that policy makers can take to reframe policy in this area.
This blog, which focuses on the MenCare campaign in Latin America, is now available in Spanish.
This is a practical guide for families and communities to develop violence free-education. The guide is divided into three modules: methods for the prevention of intra-family violence, the promotion of child development, and the rights of children and adolescents. It also presents group work techniques, and offers a list of bibliographical references, websites, and organizations working to end violence.
Program P is an educational manual that provides concrete strategies for engaging men in active caregiving from the stage of their partner’s pregnancy through their child’s early years. It identifies best practices on engaging men in maternal and child health, caregiving, and preventing violence against women and children.
The manual is developed for health workers, social activists, NGOs, educators, and other individuals and institutions that aim to promote men’s roles as caregivers as a starting point for improving family well-being and achieving gender equality.
Alexa Hassink describes the successes, challenges and complexities behind the MenCare campaign in Latin America.
This article describes the development and psychometric evaluation of the Gender-Equitable Men (GEM) Scale, a twenty-four-item scale to measure attitudes toward gender norms among young men. The selected key domains on gender norms, or scale items, are developed and relate to sexual and reproductive health, sexual relations, violence, domestic work, and homophobia. It was found that more support for equitable norms (i.e., higher GEM Scale scores) is significantly associated with less self-reported partner violence, more contraceptive use, and a higher education level.
MenCare is a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, responsive and non-violent fathers and caregivers with the aim of achieving increased family well-being and gender equality. This report is an overview of the campaign and provides tools to promote social norms around men’s active participation as involved fathers and caregivers. It provides high quality community and mass media messages, technical assistance, policy and program recommendations and evidence to support local NGOs, governments and UN partners in their efforts to engage men and boys in caregiving.
This EMERGE practice brief pulls together lessons from good practice highlighted in the EMERGE case studies series. It will be useful for those designing and implementing projects, programmes and other initiatives to work with men and boys for gender equality. It addresses: how to focus or target an initiative with men and boys, designing a successful initiative, and challenges and future priorities.
This story of change pulls out the key findings and recommendations from EMERGE case study 7, which focuses on the work of Living Peace in DRC. This initiative provides support through group therapy for men (and their partners) to reduce sexual and gender based violence and promote equitable gender norms.