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Working with Men and Boys for Gender Equality: State of Play and Future Directions

UN Women

2021

Global

Policy Brief

Influencing Gender Norms

Working with Men and Boys for Gender Equality: State of Play and Future Directions

Working with Men and Boys for Gender Equality: State of Play and Future Directions

Working with Men and Boys for Gender Equality: State of Play and Future Directions looks at the progress of men for gender equality (MFGE) 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The policy brief also explores new directions for programming and policy on men and boys.  

Work with men and boys has remained too focused on men and boys’ identities, attitudes, and behavours instead of the structures and systems sustaining gender inequalities. The policy brief illuminates the need to focus on gendered operations of power and injustice, political and policy change, and anti-patriarchal social action. It also highlights the need for accountability to intersectional feminist and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ+) movements for evidence-based practice toward social change.  

The policy brief also identifies four directions that the MFGE field can take to address issues and concerns it has faced, including: 

  • Focusing on the masculinity of hegemony; 
  • Pressing for political and policy change; 
  • Engaging in more ‘movement’ and less ‘field’; and
  • Reorienting evidence and evidence-based practice to social change 

Contents 

  • Summary
  • Taking stock of work with men and boys for gender equality 
  • The evidence of impact 
  • The turn away from structural change 
  • The turn towards social norms 
  • The implications of organizational form 
  • Four future directions
  • Endnotes
  • Additional resources

 

This policy brief was originally published on the UN Women website. 

 

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