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  • 01 Jun 2017

    I’m going to start with some points about men, patriarchy, and feminism which I hold to be self-evident. That is, some basic truths. And I will end with some harder questions.

    So, this first section is “Engaging Men 101”.

    Some truths I hold to be self-evident

    To achieve gender equality, we’ll have to engage men.

    To end patriarchy, to achieve gender equality, men will have to change. Putting this another way, we will have to engage men. Above all, because gender inequalities are sustained in large part by men – by men’s attitudes, behaviours, identities, and relations.

    Patriarchy is about men – about male privilege, about men’s practices and relations, with women and perhaps more so with other men.

    Men are members of a privileged group, and we receive various benefits and dividends whether or not we want to. We have an ethical responsibility, a political responsibility, to challenge and undermine this privilege, to change our own sexism and to challenge other men’s.

    So, to put it far too simply, men are part of the problem, and men are part of the solution.

  • 01 Jun 2017

    This XY collection focuses on men and abortion: on the role that men can play in supporting women's reproductive health choices, on debates over abortion, and so on.

    Please see the very bottom of this page for the items in the collection, as attachments.

    Also see:

  • 29 May 2017

    What are the best practices to promote men’s involvement in SRH while simultaneously promoting gender equality? This report argues that engaging men in SRH and gender equality can lead to better SRH outcomes for men and women, and prevent reinforcing male power over reproductive and sexual decision-making. A conceptual model that can be used for programming, monitoring and evaluation to engage men in SRH and gender equality including men as clients, partners and agents of positive change is provided.

    The authors provide development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and documentation guidelines to effectively adapt this model to one’s local context, which include the questions that should be asked, the solutions necessary, the types of actions that should be prioritised, and scenarios following the various levels of male involvement among individuals, groups and communities. The report also provides a range of activities that an organisation could use to engage men in SRH along components of the model, as well as who and what resources are needed to do so.

  • 29 May 2017

    This resource is a guide for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and governments to support the review and updating of existing policies to ensure they fully engage men and boys in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS.

  • 29 May 2017

    There are many good reasons to engage men in building gender equality, especially given that some men’s practices, identities, and relations can sustain inequalities. The need to engage men can be particularly true in conflict and post-conflict societies, which often reinforce narrow views of masculinity and gender hierarchies. At the same time, involving men in gender-related policy and programming carries the risk of compromising resources and services directed exclusively to women or diluting the feminist orientation of such efforts.

  • 26 May 2017

  • 13 May 2017

    There are great resources for encouraging norms of sexual consent and respect among men, building skills in negotiating consent, and so on. Here, we have collected some useful, accessible pieces. Please see the bottom of this page for the resources. Further suggestions are most welcome.

    Further pieces on XY which focus on consent include the following:

  • 02 May 2017

    What is men's violence against women? What are its causes and consequences? Here are some key readings and reports, on domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of violence against women. They include shorter or more accessible pieces and longer discussions and reports.

  • 17 Apr 2017

    The Mexican Men’s Gender Studies Academy, NPO. (AMEGH)

    Invites

    Researchers, public officials, students and activists, with interest in the field of men’s gender studies and masculinities, to participate in the IX National Congress of the Mexican Men’s Gender Studies Academy "Masculinities and Culture of Peace", to be held at the Autonomous University of Querétaro, on September 27th, 28th and 29th, 2017.

    All the information to submit proposals can be found on the website of AMEGH: http://www.amegh.com.mx/2017/03/13/convocatoria-congreso-amegh-2017-quer...

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  • 13 Apr 2017