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Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality Series:

An Overview

These two briefs reflect CARE's global experience with engaging men and boys for gender equality, reflecting lessons from 24 CARE Offices, representing MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania/the Pacific Islands and North America.

The first brief shares a conceptual framework to understand core elements of engaging men and boys, and stories of change.

The second features lesson learned in each of the areas of CARE's conceptual framework for engaging men and boys.
Evolving men: Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES).

Implemented by the Instituto Promundo and the International Center for Research on Women, the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), is one of the largest global surveys measuring gender-related attitudes, beliefs and practices of men and women in order to inform and advocate for policy development to promote gender equality. This document describes the initial results from the survey.
Synchronizing Gender Strategies: A Cooperative Model for Improving Reproductive Health and Transforming Gender Relations.

Health and development organizations are increasingly integrating gender-related programming into their interventions to target gender norms and achieve improved health and gender equality. Authored by experts from the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG), the aim of this concept paper is to promote “gender synchronization” among policy makers and program planners as a more practical and effective approach to engaging men and boys, and women and girls, to challenge harmful gender-related beliefs and practices.
Engaging Men and Boys in Changing Gender-Based Inequity in Health: Evidence from Program Interventions.

This study, done in partnership by the World Health Organization and Promundo, attempts to review programs that engaging men and boys for gender equality. This report supports the involvement of men and boys in development programming as participants and target groups for the interventions, especially related to the deconstruction of rigid gender norms and masculinities.
Evaluating Men’s Involvement as a Strategy in Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion

Initial strategies to deal with “the problem of men” as gatekeepers who restrict women and children’s access to health services usually focused on women’s empowerment and women-targeted gender equality programs. Health promoters working to protect women worked directly with women and girls to empower them, particularly for sexual and reproductive health. However, following the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (1994) and the Women’s International Conference in Beijing (1995) a new framework for development arose that called for greater participation of men in health promotion. This shift in theory was based on the idea that women’s empowerment without the involvement of men was only a “partial solution” and could actually create more problems through the exclusion or alienation of men.
Compendium of Gender Scales

C-Change, or Communication for Change (http://c-changeprogram.org), is a USAID funded project, implemented by FHI 360, to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of social and behavior change communication across all development sectors. Working with governments, regional organizations and local NGOs, C-Change provides communications-related technical support and works to strengthen local capacity to plan, implement and manage communications programs that aim to change individual behavior and social norms.
What Fathers Have to do with it: Engaging Men as Care Giving Partners

MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign spearheaded by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice Network, released this report in 2012 to address the dearth of information related to engaging men and boys in fatherhood and care-giving. They point out that while men and boys have been increasingly integrated into gender equality programs across the globe, information on fatherhood and care-giving are seemingly absent from those programs.
Engaging Boys and Men in the Prevention of Sexual Violence

This report provides a systematic review of interventions that target men and boys for the reduction of sexual violence. It aims to understand the effectiveness of programs that aspire to change attitudes and behaviors of men and boys around intimate partner violence. 65 studies are included in this review and they were evaluated on their attitudes and behaviors as perpetrators or bystanders to violence. While the focus of the study was to look at sexual violence, the results included other non-sexual forms of violence.