Digital activism for equitable, compassionate, and non-violent ways of being men during COVID-19

This page contains campaigns and actions taking place around the world to promote healthy, equitable, and caring ways of being men throughout COVID-19.

COVID-19 lockdowns around the world have led to a rise in men’s violence in the home, as well as concerns over increases in other harmful and inequitable behaviours.

These alarming patterns are rooted deeply in certain harmful norms, attitudes, and beliefs around ‘being a man’.

That is why people around the world have been taking to social media to respond to this urgent situation by challenging harmful and restrictive ideas around manhood during times of COVID-19. In particular, these messages aim to promote positive masculinities among men and boys finding themselves in lockdowns, isolation, and social-distancing measures.

This page aims to compile and share these online campaigns and actions.

We encourage you to join in, support and elevate these campaigns to prevent domestic violence and promote equitable behaviours during these challenging times and beyond.

Send any campaigns and actions to info[at] for inclusion on this page.

This page focusses on social media and other online campaigns. For further resources, tools, and advocacy activities relevant COVID-19, masculinities, and gender justice, click this button:

MenEngage Africa

Speaking up in solidarity

Regional MenEngage coordinators across Africa have recorded these brief messages on the need to encourage and inspire positive behaviours among men during lockdowns.

“This is not the time to look for faults in partners and children. This time will bring a lot of happiness after the lockdown, as it will allow families to bond together”

– MenEngage Africa Steering Committee chairperson and MenEngage Uganda coordinator, Hassan Sekajoolo

“Let us not add violence to the Covid-19 challenge. It is a time to stay together…men, women and children – not to compete, but to collaborate”

– Paul Osayande, chairperson of MenEngage Nigeria

“Men can be sharing domestic chores at home, and helping the women and girls [to take part] in decision making”

– Elias Muindi, Programme Officer for Kenya MenEngage Alliance

“This challenging time should not be a platform for men to perpetrate violence against women and children…This should be a platform men to demonstrate positive behaviour”

– Yared Bagambilana, Coordinator of MenEngage Tanzania

“We plead with men during this time to be agents of change by supporting their partners, and being able to do the care work at home, being able to help the children with school work, being able to play and laugh and enjoy the time they are able to spend with families.”

– Desmond Lunga, Coordinator of MenEngage Botswana

MenEngage Latin America


(Masculinities in quarrantine)


(Isolation without violence)

“La violencia es una pandemia porque está presente en todo el mundo y le hace daño a las personas y las sociedades”
(“Violence is a pandemic because its present all around the world and it harms people and societies”)

Vea la Campaña: Hombres en Sana Convivencia

Vea más ‘diálogos por Latinoamérica’ aqui.

Un análisis sobre la situación actual de los Hombres durante la contingencia, y las diferentes estrategias implementadas para su atención por la Sociedad Civil en México.

“Para qué me sirve a mí esta cuarentena en términos de introspección, de reflexión, de aprender de mí, de mis relaciones?”
(“What can I gain from this period of quarantine in terms of introspection, reflection, learning about myself, about my relationships?”)

– Hernando Hernández, Hombres Construyendo Empatía, Mexico

“Lo importante para nosotros los hombres es que esto no sea un tiempo solamente de emergencia sino de convicción y compromiso”
(“The important thing for men is that this is not only a time of emergency but also of conviction and commitment”)

– Carlos Iván Garcia,  Mesa Nacional de Masculinidades por la Igualdad de Género, Colombia

“Debe ser incomodo, generar ansiedad, sentir que este espacio público que siempre ha sido nuestro hoy se nos niega”

(“It is uncomfortable and causes anxiety for many men feeling that the public space that has always belonged to us is now closed to us”)

– Román Alexis Huertas

“En este momento de pandemia, los hombres debemos ser más solidarios y no solo solidarios sino comprometernos con los quehaceres del hogar”
(“During this pandemic men need to be more supportive of others, and not only be supportive but to take responsibility for household chores”)

– Fernando Vasco

Vea más ‘diálogos por Latinoamérica’ aqui.

“La identidad juvenil se ha tenido que adaptar a no verse con los demás sino que a través de las redes sociales”
(“Young people’s’ identities have had to adapt to not seeing others apart from through social networks”)

– Cesar Cordero, Instituto WEM, Costa Rica

“Relájate y disfruta el tiempo con tus bebés, y no lo olvides, tu puedes contribuir a generar un ambiente de bienestar para todos y todas en tu casa”
(“Relax and enjoy this time with your children, and don’t forget you can contribute to generating a healthy atmosphere for everyone in your house”)

– Mauro Varga, GENDES, Mexico

“Ante esta situacion de Salud Pública, me siento angustiado pero tambien retado”
(“Faced with this public health situation, I feel distressed but also challenged”)

– Jhon Bayron Ochoa

“A los hombres nos compete un labor muy importante de cuidado, y muy importante de cuidado más allá del proveer o el autoritarismo, de cuidar y de dar afecto de de ser conscientes de nuestro labor”
(“Men have an important responsibility for caring, caring beyond providing financially or authority, but giving affection and being conscious of this work”)

– Hernando Muñoz Sanchez,  Mesa Nacional de Masculinidades por la Igualdad de Género, Colombia

“En estos tiempos es necesario reconocer y manejar las emociones.”
(“In these times it is necessary to recognize and manage emotions”)

– Alvaro Campos, Instituto WEM, Costa Rica

“Recordemos que no somos superman, no somos invulnerables. Tenemos que cuidarnos para cuidar”
(“Let’s remember that we are not superman, we are not invincible.  We have to look after ourselves so we can look after others”)

– Jose Manuel Salas Calvo, Universidad de Costa Rica

Vea la serie completa de videos del Instituto WEM sobre masculinidades e impactos psicológicos de COVID-19 aquí

“En tiempos de crisis los hombres también tenemos derecho a sentir angustia y ansiedad”
(“In times of crisis we must remember that men also have the right to feel worried and anxious”)

– Daniel García

“Invito a los hombres que no veamos el espacio de lo doméstico como un espacio adverso sino como un espacio de también de compartir, de construir en familia y ante todo de evitar la violencia.”
(“I urge men not to view the domestic space as an unfavourable space but as a space that they can also share, create as a family and above all avoid violence against women and children”)

– Gabriel Gallego

MenEngage Sri Lanka / MenEngage South Asia

Challenging myths of masculinity during COVID-19 lockdowns

“#MenOfQuality are not afraid to challenge myths of masculinities. They will act responsibly. #Covid19Crisis”


Click on the infographics and links below to find and share them on social media.

Other initiatives from around the world

Men in isolation – a podcast from MÄN (in Swedish)

Shahab Ahmadian from MÄN Sweden interviews people about their relationship to isolation and loneliness.

Keep track of the series of videos on the MÄN webpage


Akshara Centre along with partners has mobilized the support of well-known public figures to urge the public to unite against domestic violence. The video – available in three languages – calls for a #LockdownOnDomesticViolence by reporting it, acting as an active bystander, and actively raising our voices against abuse.

Share it now on Facebook (English, Hindi as well as Marathi) and on Twitter (English, Hindi, and Marathi)

“Each time a woman stands up against domestic violence, she stands up for all women. Each time a man takes a step towards ending violence, he comes closer to equality.”

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