DISCOURSES AND REFLECTIONS FROM THE CONFERENCE MASCULINITIES IN THE ARAB WORLD: TRAJECTORIES TO PEACE AND GENDER EQUALITY

Nearly 250 activists, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers came together in Beirut, Lebanon from 2-4 May 2017 to take part in the conference “Masculinities in the Arab World: Trajectories to Peace and Gender Equality”, jointly organized by Promundo US, UN Women Arab Regional Office and ABAAD. The event also featured the launch of results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey in North America and Northern Africa (IMAGES MENA) – a first study of its kind to explore men’s and women’s attitudes and practices towards gender equality in the region, as well as the effects of conflict and displacement on masculinities in the region.

This action-oriented report, produced by the Global Secretariat, MenEngage Alliance, compiles the outcomes of the conference, based on the discussions at each of the 12 sessions as well as interviews with 14 key stakeholders. It focuses primarily on recommendations, including from the IMAGES report, and ways forward for men and masculinities work in the region. Divided into 6 thematic focus areas, it outlines key IMAGES findings, provides a brief description of the context and main discussion points at the conference and identifies some existing promising initiatives in the MENA region.

The report presents recommendations for future strategies for engaging men and boys in gender equality in the areas of civil society action, advocacy opportunities and potential policies, and research.

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