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Engaging men in flexible working arrangements (2014) 09 Dec 2014

Research shows that women, especially those with caring responsibilities, are more likely than men to both request and access flexible work. As a result, it is often assumed that flexible work is more relevant to women. Organisational practices are often developed with this perspective in mind. However, workforce demographics and family models have changed (e.g. 63% of fathers with resident dependent children now have a partner in the paid workforce) and this has led to increased work/family conflict for men. This new Australian report notes that many men do not conform to the ideal ‘full-time’ worker model and instead have a range of priorities and aspirations, e.g. to be active and engaged fathers. Research also shows that workplace flexibility is a key driver of employment decisions and job performance for both women and men, including young men, male managers, men approaching retirement and especially younger fathers. Given the above, having greater access to flexible work will enable men to increase their engagement in caregiving and household work, which in turn will help to facilitate gender equality at work. When couples share caring and domestic tasks more equitably, women who have traditionally undertaken the majority of these responsibilities are better positioned to access quality employment opportunities. Yet it is a rare organisation indeed that has focussed on gender equality in caring or on the critical role that men accessing flexible work might play in this.

Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women (2013) 08 Dec 2014

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 08 Dec 2014

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

False allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence 01 Dec 2014

It has long been asserted and assumed that women ‘cry rape’ – that women often maliciously invent allegations of rape for malicious, vengeful and other motives (Lisak et al. 2010). The reality is, instead, that false reports of sexual assault are rare. In addition, the scale of false reporting in rape cases is no higher than for other crimes (Kelly 2010).
In addition, false accusations of domestic violence (and other forms of violence and abuse including child abuse) in the context of family law proceedings are uncommon. Mothers are more likely than fathers to have unsubstantiated allegations – both false accusations and allegations without support – leveled against them, and fathers are more likely than mothers to make unsubstantiated allegations.

New book: Feminism and Men, by Nikki van der Gaag 28 Nov 2014

Feminism has changed the world; it is radically reshaping women’s lives.  But what about men? They still hold most of the power in the economy, in government, in religions, in the media and often in the family too. At the same time, many men are questioning traditional views about what it means to be a man. Others resent the gains women have made and want to turn back the clock.
Feminism and Men asks: how might feminism improve the lives of men as well as women? And is there a place for men in the feminist story?
See http://zedbooks.co.uk/paperback/feminism-and-men

Work With Men to End Violence Against Women: Critical assessment and future directions (2014) 27 Nov 2014

It is time for a critical stocktake of efforts to involve men in the prevention of violence against women. In particular, it is time to assess a series of assumptions about this work which are influential and yet which are unsupported by evidence or dangerous. In this presentation from the recent 2nd MenEngage Second Global Symposium 2014: Men and Boys for Gender Justice (Delhi, 10-13 November), Michael Flood offers a critical assessment of the 'engaging men' field.

Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture - Call for Papers for 3rd Issue 17 Nov 2014

MASCULINITIES: A Journal of Identity and Culture
Call for Papers for 3rd Issue

Integrating Men As Allies in Anti-Violence Work: Accountability and Beyond 20 Oct 2014

Efforts to involve men as allies in domestic and sexual violence work are expanding, marking a shift for these historically women-led movements. Activists and scholars have identified the internal tensions and unintended consequences accompanying this shift, namely the sexism and male privilege men bring into movement spaces (Atherton-Zeman 2009; Flood 2003; Macomber 2012; Macomber and Sniffen 2011). In this paper, I examine how activists are responding to these challenges by emphasizing “men’s accountability.” I argue that although activists have successfully integrated accountability discourse into movement spaces, there is often a gap between discourse and practice. I identify two challenges that hinder accountability practices and offer suggestions for improving accountability practices at the group and organizational levels. This paper offers insights that can be used to inform men’s growing involvement and leadership in sexual and domestic violence work.

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