In this final blog of the series, Thea Shahrokh discusses the vision of the EMERGE project - a better approach to working with men, boys and masculinities in policy on gender equality for the future.
Social trends and gender norms
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 new policy brief from the EMERGE project makes the case for re-framing policy on gender equality in order to more productively factor in men and boys. It includes actions and approaches for policy makers.
This blog, written by Althea Anderson from Sonke Gender Justice, talks about the One Man Can initiative in South Africa, and the potential of community mobilisation interventions to change harmful gender norms.
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.
EMAP is a one-year primary prevention intervention developed for humanitarian settings, created by the International Rescue Committee for. It provides staff in humanitarian settings with an evidence-based curriculum and field-tested approach for engaging men in transformative individual behaviour change, guided by the voices of women. The EMAP framework, Accountable Practice, provides a method and structure for honouring women’s leadership and developing male engagement in a way that improves, rather than endangers, the lives of women and girls in conflict-affected settings.
This manual provides the resources and tools for organizations and practitioners in post-conflict settings based on work conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to sustainably engage men in gender-based violence prevention through Living Peace groups. The methodology is based on good practices with male social group-therapy programs and gender-transformative group educational programs developed by Promundo.
The Program HMD toolkit for action presents a shorter version of the approach contained in Promundo’s Programs H and M. This toolkit seeks to make the model accessible by providing learning activities and case studies for discussion, with the aim of increasing the number of teachers, facilitators, youth workers, coaches, and health workers who can become gender equality activists – engaging young people to achieve lives free of inequalities, discrimination, and violence, and with full access to and knowledge about sexual health and other health services.
Kicking Little Rocks is a children’s book that presents a father and his daughter, addressing how certain gender norms and expectations limit the daughter’s desires and dreams. Through dialogue and affection, the father and daughter challenge old concepts and build the foundations for an education based on equality and respect for individual personality. The story is a product of the collective work of a group of 17 girls who live in Rio de Janeiro and can be used by parents or teachers to talk about gender equality.
Breakaway is a free online video game co-produced by UNFPA launched during the World Cup in South Africa as part of the UN Secretary-General's UNITE Campaign to reach out to boys aged 8-11 with the aim of changing gender dynamics. The video can be a helpful resource for teaching purposes to introduce concepts of gender.