MenEngage recognizes that its work was born out of a feminist tradition and that women-led organizations have carried out the foundational gender work. We strive to complement and expand the work promoted by women’s rights organization by engaging men and boys. In this context, accountability to the women´s movement and to other historically oppressed social groups is a necessary practice for building collaborative and equitable partnerships. For MenEngage, being “accountable” means:
• Being critically aware of one’s own power and privilege and open to constructive criticism;
• Taking action to address personal and institutional practices that go against our principles of gender equality and human rights, acknowledging any harm caused and making amends;
• Respecting and promoting women’s leadership in the gender equality movement;
• Creating structures of consultation and partnerships with women’s rights organizations. (See in particular the MenEngage standards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 as examples).
Accountability requires the development of a receptive capacity in men and others who have been placed in positions of power and privilege so that they can listen to the perspectives of the oppressed groups in order to become authentic allies.
MenEngage on the Spot: An Accountability Dialogue on the work of the Alliance, past, present and
future, after 10 years of existence
During CSW62 in March 2018, MenEngage Alliance invited feminists, women’s rights, SRHR, LGBTIQA+ rights, social and gender justice activists to an open dialogue about our work to dismantle patriarchy, transform masculinities and engage men and boys. At the gathering we turned the focus upon ourselves in a critical, solution-based dialogue on our accountability practices – past, present and future – with the broader gender justice field. This space provided an opportunity to discuss gaps, challenges and opportunities regarding how we can best contribute to advancing the objectives set by the women’s rights, gender Justice, human rights and social justice movements. This summary report gives an overview of the main discussion points, concerns raised and recommendations for moving forward.
MenEngage Alliance Critical Dialogue on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Justice – Summary Report
In April 2016, MenEngage Alliance facilitated an online discussion of key constituents on a range of strategic and practical questions relating to engaging men and boys and transforming masculinities in the women’s rights and gender justice field. We invited participants working on engaging men and boys, and those working on women’s rights and empowerment from all corners of the globe to come together and share experiences, concerns, lessons learned and recommendations about partnership, accountability and transformative work in the field of engaging men and boys in gender justice. A total of 134 people from 39 countries registered for the event.
The summary report below summarizes and shares the key discussion points, trends and recommendations that emerged from the dialogue. A number of themes are elaborated in this report, including accountability, power, privilege and patriarchy, intersectionality and men’s motivations for doing this work. It also explores how this work might become truly gender transformative by challenging structures and politicizing work with men and boys, building partnerships, addressing the question of funding, working both together and independently, working with faith leaders and with boys and young men, improving monitoring and evaluation and importantly, building networks for change.
MenEngage Alliance Accountability Standards and Guidelines
The twelve accountability standards and guidelines assist organizations and networks to put into practice the commitments and principles set out in MenEngage’s Memorandum of Understanding and in our Code of Conduct. They provide useful ideas for preventing breaches to our Code of Conduct, responding effectively when concerns emerge regarding the conduct of members and collaborating with women’s right organizations for alliance building.
MenEngage Alliance Accountability Training Toolkit
The training toolkit was developed to complement and put into practice the MenEngage Accountability Standards and Guidelines. The toolkit contains four practical sessions and supporting tools modeled from existing gender-transformative methodologies. In addition to provoking dialogue on issues of accountability, these sessions aim to aid organizations in developing concrete strategies for prevention and response in cases of breaches of good conduct. The toolkit also provides key definitions, a tool to develop a timeline for implementation, and another tool to conduct a self-evaluation.
MenEngage Alliance Global Code of Conduct
This instrument helps members remain consistent with the values and principles of the Alliance, both in their personal lives and in our professional and public work. It ensures a standard of accountability of all member organizations to others with whom we work, as well as an adherence of individual employees and volunteers of member organizations to the core principles of MenEngage.
Change Begins Within: Practices and Processes of Accountability Within the Men for Gender Equality Field
The session ‘Change Begins Within: Processes and Practices of Accountability Within the Men for Gender Equality Field,’ held during the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium in November 2014, discussed what accountability means for individuals, organizations and states. The session also assessed accountability initiatives in the field of men for gender equality, their challenges and achievements, and highlighted how they can be strengthened.
Partnership & Accountability Blog
We hope that this blog series contributes to these ongoing conversations and serves as another platform to share useful resources for partnership building and tools for putting into practice our accountability commitments.
February 09, 2018
Abhijit Das: #MentorHer is a Feeble effort at Redemption
January 25, 2017
Douglas Mendoza Urrutia y Ana María Bermudez: Momentos claves en la contextualización del Código de Conducta de MenEngage en Nicaragua
January 25, 2017
Douglas Mendoza Urrutia and Ana María Bermudez: Key experiences in the contextualization of the MenEngage Code of Conduct in Nicaragua
September 9, 2016
Abhijit Das: In disquiet, the seed of a new understanding: a way forward for men and gender equality
September 1, 2016
Oswaldo Montoya: “I can do it all by myself:” Why increased male caregiving may find resistance from women
August 11, 2016
Bayano Valy: Men seeing themselves as full partners in care work
May 18, 2016
Alvaro Campos Guadamuz: The promotion of positive masculinities in public policies: the experience of Instituto WEM and the Costa Rican MenEngage Network
April 14, 2016
Gabrielle Hosein: Transforming masculinities: the twists and turns of feminist men’s history in the Caribbean
March 17, 2016
Alan Greig: Challenging Male Supremacy: Accountability and the experiences of a New York collective
March 3, 2016
Jon Hopkins and Seri Wendoh: Open the window: Achieving gender justice in sexual and reproductive health
February 25, 2016
Sonali Khan: My journey to the MenEngage Alliance Board
February 11, 2016
Jacqui Stevenson: Engendering accountability
February 4, 2016
Bilquis Tahira: ‘She will say yes eventually, that’s what happens in films’
January 28, 2016
Terry Howard: My gender-based privilege workshop
January 14, 2016
Markus Theunert: Accountability of boys, men and fathers in the gender equality process: a progressive framework
January 8, 2016
NAMEN webinar: Conceptualizing and implementing accountability in men’s gender equity efforts
December 17, 2015
Riki Wilchins: On the power of norms and the norms of power
December 10, 2015
(1)Huffington Post Blog by Nikki van der Gaag; (2)IDS Interactions Dialogue between Amel Fahmy and Nikki van der Gaag/Joni van de Sand
December 3, 2015
Michael Flood: The gender politics of men’s anti-violence work
November 24, 2015
Catherine Nyambura: Men and boys: allies or shareholders in the women’s rights movement? Finding the nexus
November 19, 2015
Sebastian Molano: The risks of men talking about gender
November 11, 2015
An Open Invitation to Further Dialogue Between the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and MenEngage Alliance