MenEngage Alliance advances efforts to monitor and recommend for the adoption of
feminist-informed, human rights-based, gender-transformative approaches to engaging men
and boys towards women’s rights and gender justice. The Alliance has observed an increased
interest in and uptake of work with men and boys at the global, regional and national levels –
governments, UN agencies, and civil society organizations are increasingly developing and
implementing programs, policies and legislation on engaging men and boys.
However, efforts to engage men and boys can do more harm than good when they are not
carried out under a gender-transformative, feminist-informed, human-rights based framework.
These efforts must be accountable primarily to those most affected by harmful gender norms
and stereotypes and patriarchal masculinities, i.e., women, girls, queer and gender
non-conforming people, and to their movements. While addressing male privilege and related
power imbalances, these efforts should also be accountable to other social justice movements,
such as those focused on racial justice, anti-Islamophobia, indigenous rights, and migrants’
rights, among others.
With this in mind, the Alliance has undertaken to review current national policies on engaging
men and boys, in order to further inform advocacy efforts. As a first step, this methodological
framework for policy analysis, including the process of designing policy, the content of policy,
and the process of policy implementation, as well as for assessing the impact of the policy has