MenEngage & Accountability

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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 Resources

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.


Document: MenEngage on the Spot: An Accountability Dialogue on the work of the Alliance, past, present and future, after 10 years of existence


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.


Document: MenEngage Alliance Critical Dialogue on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Justice – Summary Report


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 Accountability Standards and Guidelines (English)

MenEngage Accountability Standards and Guidelines (Russian)

MenEngage Accountability Standards and Guidelines (Spanish)


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 Accountability Toolkit Second Edition (English)

MenEngage Accountability Toolkit Second Edition (Spanish)

MenEngage Accountability Toolkit (English)

MenEngage Accountability Toolkit (Russian)



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.



MenEngage Global Code of Conduct (English)

MenEngage Global Code of Conduct (Spanish)


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.


Document: Change Begins Within: Practices and Processes of Accountability

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