MenEngage Alliance & NAMEN’s Joint Response to accusations of harassment, misconduct and bullying by men within the field of engaging men and boys in gender equality

It is with grave concern that we address two distinct cases of allegations of harassment, misconduct and bullying by two men, Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Ravi Karkara, Senior Advisor at UN Women, who are considered longstanding leaders in the field of engaging men and boys in gender equality.

While the specific allegations of these cases differ significantly, we agree that these cases share key underlying factors that have become all too familiar. Namely, men in positions of power are alleged to have used and abused their influence to manipulate, coerce, bully and systematically subordinate others – which includes deeply troubling reports of sexual harassment and misconduct. The nature of these allegations is all the more concerning because the two men who are implicated have been widely regarded as leading advocates and mentors to others in our field for many years. Their work includes collaborations with – and participation in – MenEngage Alliance activities . This response is therefore not only a call on those implicated but on the institutions they belong to – including our own.

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