Policy Brief: Engaging men and boys in social norms transformation as means to achieving Agenda 2030 and the SDGs

We, at the MenEngage Alliance, believe in strengthening a gender transformative framework for sustainable development and the achievement of gender equality, which is inclusive of engaging men and boys in transforming harmful masculinities as a means to achieving the SDGs, in particular those that relate to women’s rights and gender justice.


In this policy brief, developed for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017, we provide a comprehensive Call to Action on the engagement of men and boys in social norms transformation for the achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goal 5. We call for scaled-up and institutionalized evidence-based gender-transformative interventions with men and boys that challenge the social and cultural norms which act as a barrier to gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.


We encourage the use of these recommendations when engaging in gender equality advocacy towards the attainment of the SDGs, carried out with governments and UN Agencies by CSOs at the local, country, regional and global levels. These recommendations were developed from a consultation held by the MenEngage Alliance, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA and in collaboration with ABAAD, Breakthrough, CARE, IDS, IPPF, Promundo, Rutgers, Sonke Gender Justice, and Women Peacemakers Program, at the 61st Conference on the Status of Women.

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