Men & masculinities

P2P-Men & masculinities; Diana Ismailova:

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      Ideas wall

    • Need to differentiate messages targeting men and messages targeting women.
    • The gender justice movement should remain women-lead despite the necessity to work with men.
    • It is challenging to find true or meaningful way of engaging with men and boys.
    • The way boys are being socialized has to be questioned. 
    • Male gender champions approach can deny agency to women and reward for just expected standards. 
    • Women are also shaped by patriarchy and need to transform their own attitudes and behaviors related to masculinity norms.
    • Engaging with men in a human-rights-based approach.
    • Including/welcoming men and boys can create tensions related to acknowledging their privilege and responsibilities. 
    • Work with men needs to transcend the work on privilege and responsibilities.
    • We need to pay attention to the risk of increase in domestic violence when working on women’s economic empowerment.
    • It is essential to challenge heteronormativity.
    • Challenges to feminism and gender equality are coming from men’s rights activists.

    Key-strategies to overcome potential resistance to the concept of positive masculinity

    • Involve women’s rights organizations to work with men and boys.
    • Anticipate potentially controversial points or obstacles for men to join: men presenting themselves as victims of the system as well triggering their violence, men joining the project deemed as “losers” by peers, project being considered as promoting homosexuality.
    • Conduct a baseline to outline how men take care of women, identify topics of concerns for men and areas in which they can have a positive role.
    • Understand the way men think and deconstruct negative behaviors.
    • Remain careful on the vocabulary we use and especially words like “protection” or “defending women” as a risk of perpetuating traditional stereotypes and masculinity. 
    • Create spaces within which men can share and identify positive behaviors.
    • Identify and learn from experiences in other areas of a same country or region in which gender-based violence is rejected.
    • Identify clearly what changes are expected in men’s and boys’ behaviors regarding gender-based violence.


    • Should we question the role of biology in our work (boys being born “a certain way”) and how it influences the way men and boys receive messages?
    • How do we work with men and boys as allies without reinforcing patriarchy and recreating inequalities?
    • In what instances/contexts is it perhaps more effective to be confrontational (or not), when working with men?


    Jewkes_et al-2014-LANCET-From Work with Men and Boys to Changes of Social Norms


    Skills Building Session “SASA Community Mobilization”. 


    Skills Building Session.  “E-learing, ICT, teens” 


    Marketplace.  “Multi-stakeholder”.

    Joselyn Bigirwa_Multistakeholder program Uganda_P2P

    SVRI presentation.  “Women’s political participation”

    Saleema Munir - Women's Political Leadership Pakistan - SVRI presentation

    Marketplace/SVRI.  “Indigenous women, traditional leaders”

    Monica Bau - Indigenous Women Guatemala - SVRI forum

    SVRI.  “STAV project Solomon, community mobilization”

    Doreen Fernando - STAV Solomon Islands - SVRI presentation

    Marketplace/SVRI.  “Edutainment”

    Conor Malloy- Bangladesh Edutainment- SVRI forum

    Laura Haylock,
    SVRI.  “Conceptual framework”

    Laura Haylock - Oxfam's Conceptual Framework on Changing Social Norms - SVRI and P2P

    Diana Ismailova,
    “Engaging Men”

    DianaIsmailova_Tajikistan _Men Engage_P2P

    Think Tank.  “Barriers to positive masculinity”.  

    Marketplace.  “Men and masculinities”.  

    Think Thank.  “Translating online change to change on the ground”.

    Think Tank.  “Theatre for advocacy with traditional leaders and government”.