Male Champions for Women’s Empowerment: Resources Page

Welcome to the Male Champions for Women’s Empowerment resources page, a one-stop destination for valuable resources related to promoting gender equality and engaging men. Our webpage features a wide range of articles, documents, policy briefs, and tools that are specifically curated to support male champions in their journey towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society. These resources cover a diverse range of topics, including masculinity, gender-based violence, and workplace diversity, providing a comprehensive guide for male champions to educate themselves and take action. With this webpage, we aim to provide a platform that not only educates but also inspires and empowers male champions to become advocates for gender equality.

Grieg, A. and Flood, M.  Discussion Paper: Work with Men and Boys for Gender Equality A Review of Field Formation, the Evidence Base and Future Directions,  UN Women, 2020. 

This paper assesses the evidence base of the “men for gender equality” field in light of three aspects of its emergence as a field, namely: its un-interrogated use of the category of “men,” its recourse to social psychological accounts of gender norms and the implications of its NGO form for its ability to collaborate with and be accountable to resurgent intersectional feminist mobilizations.  The paper argues that organizing the “men for gender equality” field around the category of “men” and the problem of “norms of masculinity” has militated against analyses of structural power and social change.

Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality, Edited by Michael Flood with Richard Howson Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015

Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality contributes to the positive impact of efforts to engage men in progress towards gender equality. Some chapters’ contributions are practical, exploring the promise and problems of this work. These chapters are authored by educators, activists, and researchers, and highlight valuable or innovative programs and initiatives and the lessons learned from these. Other chapters’ contributions are more conceptual and political, inviting more thoughtful and critical understandings of men, masculinities, and the question of men’s involvements in feminism. In these contributions, leading writers in the field explore how to understand men and masculinities as well as how to make sense of the meanings given to manhood, the lives men lead, and the changing patterns of men’s and women’s relations.

Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe, Engaging Men in Gender Equality at the OSCE: A Toolkit for OSCE Staff, August 29, 2022

This practical toolkit was developed through the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) extra-budgetary project “WIN – Women and Men Innovating and Networking for Gender Equality”. It is based on secondary research and a series of interviews with practitioners and subject matter experts. The toolkit aims to inspire and guide the OSCE staff at different executive structures in establishing Men for Gender Equality Groups which engage men in the organization to foster gender equality in the OSCE workplace.

Concern Worldwide, Engaging Men on Gender Equality: Learning from Concern’s Programming and Practice, August 2018.

Together with Sonke Gender Justice, Concern has developed a facilitator manual to engage men and women in a gender transformative process and to take steps to improve our gender programming. This manual is used at country programme level with Concern staff. In  some programmes it has been adapted to be used at community level by Concern staff. The manual is subdivided into four sections including: 1. Gender transformative activities covering the themes of gender roles, power, violence, healthy relationships; 2. Enabling change; 3. Gender transformative programming; and 4. Community mobilisation approaches. This manual is available in both English and French below.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Instituto Promundo. Engaging Men and Boys To Achieve Gender Equality: How Can We Build on What We Have Learned? 2007

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Instituto Promundo recently organized a seminar, “Engaging Men and Boys in HIV/AIDS Prevention, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Ending Gender-Based Violence: How Can We Build on What We Have Learned?” to examine the current state of work with men and boys in the field of health care, especially reproductive and sexual health. Throughout the day’s discussions, participants underscored that success in health interventions for both women and men depends on changing social norms around masculinity that undermine men’s and women’s health. 

UN Women Arab States, Brief: 10 Strategies to engage men and boys in partnership with girls and women to achieve gender equality Lessons Learned from UN Women’s Regional Programme Men and Women for gender equality

The regional programme Men and Women for Gender Equality produced a brief that includes 10 strategies to engage men and boys in partnership with women and girls to achieve gender equality. These strategies were developed and field-tested during the three years of implementation (2015-2018) of the programme in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine.

International Center for Research on Women, Gender Equity and Male Engagement It Only Works When Everyone Pays, 2018.

In this brief, ICRW provides an overview of the field and guidance for stakeholders to support the funding, design, and implementation of programming that effectively engages men and boys in creating sustainable gender norm transformation. It concludes that gender equity will only be possible when working with all genders as co-beneficiaries of a more gender equitable balance of power.

Cavill, S., Mott, J. and Tyndale-Biscoe, P., with Bond, M., Huggett, C. and Wamera, E. (2018) ‘Engaging men and boys in sanitation and hygiene programmes’, Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights 11, Brighton: IDS

This issue builds on the learning from a desk study that explores examples of men’s and boy’s behaviour as well as gender roles in sanitation and hygiene (S & H). It notes the extent to which the engagement of men and boys in S & H is leading to sustainable and transformative change in households and communities as well as reducing gender inequalities.  The review focuses on men and boys: how to engage them (or not), how to mobilise them as allies in the transformation of S&H outcomes and the problems they contribute to and experience. A three-page learning brief which summaries this resource is also available.

Nutritional International, Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Gender Mainstreaming and Practice Notes from the Field, 2019.

This guidance note was developed in response to Nutrition International’s efforts in gender mainstreaming to provide a summary of best practices in engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment in health and nutrition programs. The document includes the rationale for men’s engagement, common misconceptions, a conceptual model, guiding principles, strategies, and ethical considerations. Specific examples of men’s engagement in health and nutrition and additional resources are also presented.

UN Women, Working with Men and Boys for Gender Equality:  State of Play and Future Directions, Policy Brief 23

This brief  undertakes a critical assessment of the ‘men for gender equality’ field . It takes stock of this work and proposes new directions for programming and policy on men and boys.

Pierotti, R. Delavallade, C.  and Kaur Brar, R.  Engaging Men for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Overview of the Evidence

This overview examines evidence on the effectiveness of three different types of approaches that have been tested: Adding an engaging men intervention to complement a program designed to support women’s individual economic activities: Studies of these interventions show mixed results. Some have had success while others highlight the risk hat this type of intervention could reduce women’s autonomy; Complementing support for household production or consumption with programming that encourages cooperative management or joint planning: These types of interventions are promising, especially for increasing women’s role in the management of household resources, although they have had limited impact on women’s individual-level economic outcomes; and Encouraging men to recognize or enhance their wives’ rights to ownership of important assets: There is very limited research available on this category of intervention, although available evidence is promising. 

Kato-Wallace, J.  and Foss, A. Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, A Tool for Action, UNFPA

This tool is a living document that provides guidance on good partnership practices that promote strong relationships between civil society organizations and government representatives on engaging men and boys in gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights(SRHR). Its goal is to strengthen these partnership to enable the scale up and/or institutionalization of evidence-based approaches to engaging men and boys.

Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality and Health A global toolkit for action, Promundo, UNFPA, MenEngage

The tool kit offers conceptual and practical information in engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and health. 

Engaging Men in Women’s Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development Interventions An ILO-WED Issue Brief, ILO Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme, NDA.

This brief highlights the importance of engaging men -at the household, community and policy levels- in interventions on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and women’s entrepreneurship development (WED) is gaining increasing recognition amongst development practitioners. It concludes that there is room for more implementation and scaling up of interventions engaging men in WEE and WED. Better monitoring and evaluation of interventions is essential to inform future programming.

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