Working with men on gender equality

Volume 21, Issue 1, March 2013


Sexual Equality logo. Credit: WikicommonsThis issue of Gender & Development is a follow-up to our 1997 issue, Men and Masculinity, in which authors mapped out the terrain – considering the connections between gender and development as a field of activism and research – and provided insights into ‘masculinities’, that is, men’s gender identities, interests and needs.

Some 15 years later, working with men on gender equality is much more widespread, and debates are under way about how this work should be done in future. Is it, as some argue, an issue which needs to be integrated into ‘gender and development’, which has until now focused on working with women? Or are there reasons for seeing this work as separate and complementary? During the planning of this new issue, authors from policy and practice backgrounds, as well as academic researchers, were asked to share their experience of feminist work with men, with these questions in mind.


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Introduction: Working with men on gender equality
Caroline Sweetman


‘I can do women’s work’: reflections on engaging men as allies in women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda
Henny Slegh, Gary Barker, Augustin Kimonyo, Prudence Ndolimana and Matt Bannerman

Promoting male involvement in family planning in Vietnam and India: HealthBridge experience
Lisa MacDonald, Lori Jones, Phaeba Thomas, Le Thi Thu, Sian FitzGerald and Debra Efroymson

‘Before the war, I was a man’: men and masculinities in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Desiree Lwambo

Sympathetic advocates: male parliamentarians sharing responsibility for gender equality
Sonia Palmieri

‘Because I am a man, I should be gentle to my wife and my children’: positive masculinity to stop gender-based violence in a coastal district in Vietnam
Tu-Anh Hoang, Trang Thu Quach and Tam Thanh Tran

Domestic violence prevention through the Constructing Violence-free Masculinities programme: an experience from Peru
Rhoda Mitchell

‘One Man Can’: shifts in fatherhood beliefs and parenting practices following a gender-transformative programme in Eastern Cape, South Africa
Wessel van den Berg, Lynn Hendricks, Abigail Hatcher, Dean Peacock, Patrick Godana and Shari Dworkin

Whose turn to do the dishes? Transforming gender attitudes and behaviours among very young adolescents in Nepal
Rebecka Lundgren, Miranda Beckman, Surendra Prasad Chaurasiya, Bhawna Subhedi and Brad Kerner

Where the boys are: engaging young adolescent boys in support of girls’ education and leadership
Stephanie Baric

Men’s involvement in gender equality – European perspectives
Sandy Ruxton and Nikki van der Gaag


Working with men on gender equality resources list
Compiled by Liz Cooke

Views, events, and debates (subscriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke

Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Prostitution, Harm and Gender Inequality: Theory, Research and Policy
Reviewed by Kat Banyard

Anti-porn: The Resurgence of Anti-pornography Feminism
Reviewed by Deborah Eade

Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran
Reviewed by Haideh Moghissi

Thailand’s Hidden Workforce: Burmese Migrant Women Factory Workers
Reviewed by Thérèse M. Caouette

Gender and Society in Turkey: The Impact of Neoliberal Policies, Political Islam and EU Accession
Reviewed by İpek İlkkaracan

Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost Spaces Gained
Reviewed by Julie Newton

Gender, Roads and Mobility in Asia
Reviewed by Roselle K. Rivera

Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities
Reviewed by Dean Peacock, Angelica Pino and Mark Weston