Men & masculinities


P2P-Men & masculinities; Diana Ismailova: https://vimeo.com/146952599

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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.


    Interrogations

    • 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?

    Resources

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


    Presenters

    Natsnet Ghebrebrhannatsnet@raisingvoices.org
    Skills Building Session “SASA Community Mobilization”. 

    NatsnetGhebrebrhan_RaisingVoices-P2P


    Aissa Toureaissa.toure@oneworld.org
    Skills Building Session.  “E-learing, ICT, teens” 

    DrAissaToure_OneWorld-P2P


    Joselyn Bigirwajbigirwa@oxfam.org.uk
    Marketplace.  “Multi-stakeholder”.

    Joselyn Bigirwa_Multistakeholder program Uganda_P2P


    Saleema Munirsmmunir@oxfam.org.uk
    SVRI presentation.  “Women’s political participation”

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


    Monica Baumbau@oxfamintermon.org
    Marketplace/SVRI.  “Indigenous women, traditional leaders”

    Monica Bau - Indigenous Women Guatemala - SVRI forum


    Doreen Fernandodoreenf@oxfam.org.au
    SVRI.  “STAV project Solomon, community mobilization”

    Doreen Fernando - STAV Solomon Islands - SVRI presentation

    Conor MolloyConor.Molloy@oxfamnovib.nl
    Marketplace/SVRI.  “Edutainment”

    Conor Malloy- Bangladesh Edutainment- SVRI forum


    Laura Haylock, laura.haylock@oxfam.ca
    SVRI.  “Conceptual framework”

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


    Diana Ismailova, Dismailova@oxfam.org.uk
    “Engaging Men”

    DianaIsmailova_Tajikistan _Men Engage_P2P


    Gaelle Figueriagfigueira@OxfamIntermon.org
    Think Tank.  “Barriers to positive masculinity”.  

    Marie-Helene Berubeberubemh@oxfam.qc.ca
    Marketplace.  “Men and masculinities”.  

    Julie Thekkudanjulie@oxfamindia.org
    Think Thank.  “Translating online change to change on the ground”.

    Brigitte Topinantybtdionadji@oxfam.org.uk
    Think Tank.  “Theatre for advocacy with traditional leaders and government”. 
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