Men, Masculinities, and Changing Power: Notes on Discussion Paper

Since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing the rights and well-being of women and girls have seen tremendous advances. However, the impacts of gender inequalities on women and girls continue to be devastating, and changes have been extremely uneven in terms of geography, social class and other factors.

While many components are necessary to achieve full gender equality, the Beijing framework envisions male engagement as a necessary piece to challenge the structures, beliefs, practices, and institutions that sustain men’s aggregate privileges to achieve full gender equality.

To frame the discussion in this transformative approach to gender equality, MenEngage in collaboration with UN Women and the support of UNFPA developed a discussion paper that seeks to start a dialogue about moving forward with efforts that actively engage men and boys in challenging power dynamics.

MenEngage distilled the lessons learned and recommendations from the discussion paper in the Notes on Discussion Paper linked below, which also includes MenEngage comments on the Open Working Group Draft Report on Sustainable Development Goals, and the Delhi Declaration and Call to Action from the Second MenEngage Global Symposium, held in New Delhi from November 10 to 13, 2014.

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