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Special issue on Men, Masculinities, and Violence
Graduate Journal of Social Science

Engaging men in preventing men’s violence against women: Practical guides and manuals

How can we effectively engage men in preventing men’s violence against women? How can we mobilise their commitment and activism? The following guides and manuals provide useful guidance on the practicalities of this work. See below for PDF copies of each. Also see further below for other resources.

Masculinities and the women, peace and security agenda: strengthening or watering down?

Last week’s International Conference on Masculinities was the latest in a string of international events on engaging men and boys for gender equality.

Men preventing men’s violence against women: What we know, what we’ve done, and what to do next

In this 10-minute speech at the Melbourne Town Hall, Dr Michael Flood had four messages: (1) We know a fair amount about the problem – about men’s violence against women. (2) Men are now part of the solution. (3) We face real challenges. (4) It’s time for a fresh approach.

New journal article: From work with men and boys to changes of social norms and reduction of inequities in gender relations

Violence perpetrated by and against men and boys is a major public health problem. Although individual men’s use of violence differs, engagement of all men and boys in action to prevent violence against women and girls is essential. We discuss why this engagement approach is theoretically important and how prevention interventions have developed from treating men simply as perpetrators of violence against women and girls or as allies of women in its prevention, to approaches that seek to transform the relations, social norms, and systems that sustain gender inequality and violence. We review evidence of intervention effectiveness in the reduction of violence or its risk factors, features commonly seen in more effective interventions, and how strong evidence-based interventions can be developed with more robust use of theory. Future interventions should emphasise work with both men and boys and women and girls to change social norms on gender relations, and need to appropriately accommodate the differences between men and women in the design of programmes.

Men’s Engagement in Gender-Based Violence Prevention: A Critical Review of Evaluation Approaches (2014)

White Ribbon conducted a review of research and evaluation approaches for gender-based violence programming for men and boys. The concept of “engagement” is defined and deconstructed and includes a call to broaden the definition of engagement to include male responsibility and commitment when measuring program effectiveness. Additionally, with the increasing utilization of social media in prevention programming, it is important to consider physical and virtual spaces when evaluating engagement.

Men’s patriarchal attitudes and sense of entitlement in relation to women need to change to address men’s violence - A response to Tanver Ahmed

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Tanveer Ahmed’s opinion piece (Men forgotten in violence debate, The Australian 9th February 2015) charges radical feminism with outdated notions of gender relations. However, it is his own world view, focused on the reinstatement of biological sex differences as a basis for men’s power and his concern about what he calls men’s disempowerment that fails to grasp the changes required of men as we move towards the necessary empowerment of women and gender equality.

Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women (2013)

This report from New Zealand covers:

  • reasons, theories and approaches for involving men
  • strategies for working effectively with men
  • engaging men
  • what men can do, and
  • some of the challenges and risks of involving men in preventing violence.

Engaging Men & Boys to End Violence Against Women: An Annotated Bibliography of Online Resources

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This collection highlights useful online resources for the work of engaging men and boys in preventing and reducing men's violence against women.