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Open to interpretation: Who’s Man enough in 2012?

In a few days from now, two men in suits -- Mitt Romney and Barack Obama -- will stand side-by-side to debate each other three times in three weeks. Imagine those moments. The two men defending their records and outlining their case to the American people: “This is why you should choose me to lead you for the next four years.”

Conference: Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (Wollongong, Australia, November 28-30, 2012)

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) is hosting a two-day conference titled Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality. The conference focuses on and seeks to advance efforts to address men’s roles in building gender equality.

Encourage. Support. Act! Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (2012)

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This report is a comprehensive examination of the roles bystanders can play in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The report draws on and synthesises insights from diverse bodies of scholarship and practice regarding violence prevention, whistle blowing, employee voice, workplace justice and workplace bullying. While there are significant organizational, legal and socio-political challenges in developing bystander approaches to sexual harassment, the paper argues that they also offer substantial promise.

Guy Code 101: Misogyny, Violence and the Men’s Movement

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Recently my attention was drawn to a website entitled ‘It’s Guy Code: The Official Etiquette of Men’. The website can be visited at this address: http://itsguycode.com/ however you should be warned that a lot of the content on this site is rather confronting to say the least.

Call for Stories: Men in the Movement

Do you want a guy you admire featured in the "Men in the Movement" social media series by International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region?

With Father's Day coming up, we want to amplify your stories about men whose support, guidance, and commitment to social change is helping to build a better world.

Send a 500-800 word story to mvandeven@ippfwhr.org by June 1st that explains who he is and what he's done that's so special. (Include a photo if you can!) The stories we receive will be posted throughout June to our blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Men for Women's Choice

Voice your support for Men for Women's Choice.

Like many men around the world, we think women should control their own bodies. We are part of a decentralized effort to encourage men to speak out in support of women’s right to safe birth control and abortion.

Stories of Resistance and Stories of Change: Engagingmen e-magazine

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In celebration of International Women's Day, Engagingmen is pleased to share with you the second issue of the Engagingmen.net community e-magazine 'Stories of Resistance and Stories of Change' (http://www.engagingmen.net/resource/stories-resistance-and-stories-change).

This series is designed as a forum for us to reflect on the innovations, successes and challenges we face in practice and to explore the various themes and theories that inform our work.

Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Institutional Settings: Tools, Stories, Lessons

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Calls for greater male participation are now a commonplace in work on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The need to engage men in efforts to prevent sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and promote sexual health and gender equality is well accepted. But we know less about the optimal forms of such engagement, particularly when it comes to moving beyond a focus on changing individual men’s attitudes and behaviours.

Essential Concepts: How Patriarchy and Rape Culture Hurt Men

I’ve often found myself trying to explain to people that rape culture and patriarchy aren’t just bad for women. If you draw attention to a form of violence that is primarily aimed at women by men, and a form of social oppression that is intended to provide men with dominance over women, a lot of people will think you must be hostile to men, or want to take something away from men. Nothing could be further from the truth.

ZeroMacho: an international collective of men opposed to prostitution

There is a new, international collective of men opposed to prostitution, called ZeroMacho.  The collective, based in France, so far has collected over 600 signatures in more than 30 countries in favour of the abolition of prostitution. They have asked XY to spread the word. See www.zeromacho.eu/. Their manifesto is available in English here: http://www.zeromacho.eu/anglais.html.