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2 Evidence to Support the Scale-up of Work with Men: The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project Margaret E. Greene,

3 Men and Masculinities in the Global Gender Discourse Gender is increasingly being used as a basis for creating and implementing public policies and publicly supported services. But there is still much confusion about what to do with men.

4 Obstacles to Change Great laws on the books, uneven implementation Men dont always demand the goods and services available to them Structural obstacles to making good policies work, e.g., difficulty in including men at births/in services Some resistance to working with men: mens health & interests versus gender equality

5 Key Questions for Policy Development Question is not if men & masculinities are changing, but how and why. Men and masculinities are changing all the time. So what are the factors associated with that change?

6 What Needs to Happen for Policy Change: Project Goals Need to make men visible in discussions of gender equality Need to look at efforts to influence both individual behavior and change structures Need to make gender equality more accessible to more people

7 Project Objectives Identify and try to explain changes in men and masculinities across diverse cultural settings Identify major trends, patterns, opportunities and obstacles to policies promoting gender equitable behaviors among men Use our analysis and frameworks to support and advocate for the evolution of policy

8 Project Activities 1.Conduct comparative research in India, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Chile & South Africa (UK, US and likely others to join later) to understand factors associated with mens changing behaviors Policy analysis Qualitative research Quantitative IMAGES survey

9 Project Activities 2.Develop a conceptual framework and national policy advocacy briefing for each setting for analyzing and promoting large-scale change among men re: gender 3.Drawing on highlights from the country settings, develop a comparative analysis and framework for international uses 4.Develop a video documentary of men and change in diverse settings presenting the major findings and an alternative discourse on men and change.

10 Policy analysis Which policies do we want to include? Which policies have sought to influence the gendered behavior of men directly? What have been the limitations of such policies? Which policies have indirectly influenced mens behavior? Which policies are missing?

11 Qualitative Component: Men Who Care Methods: A two-part truncated life history interview to be conducted with 20 men in each setting Focus: Study of men who display behaviors running counter to traditional masculinity –Through what processes and influences did these men come to engage in these more gender equitable forms of behavior? –To what extent do these practices coexist with dissonance on gender equitable attitudes or practices in other areas of these mens lives?

12 Survey Objectives Assess current behaviors and attitudes of men on a wide range of issues as they relate to gender equality, including fatherhood, use of violence in intimate and sexual relationships, work-life balance, etc. Compare these results with womens attitudes and behaviors on many of the same issues. Assess mens knowledge of and attitudes toward about policies that have sought to promote gender equality in their country Explore factors that may explain variation in mens behaviors in their family lives and intimate and sexual relationships

13 Survey Application 1500 men (ages 18-59) and 500 women (18-59) in each country. Random household survey based in two urban areas, one a secondary city. At least 90% of questions in final instrument will be common across all countries; up to 10% may be country specific

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