ALIGN: Men & Masculinities Curated Content

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ALIGN (ICRW's Sapna Kedia and Ravi Verma)

There has been growing recognition of how much rigid constructions of masculinity and patriarchy affect and impact men and boys. Meaningful engagement with men and boys is increasingly recognized as critical to gender equality and equity, necessary not only for women’s empowerment, but also for transforming the social and gender norms that reinforce patriarchy and inequality and harm both women and men.

Many men and adolescent boys struggle with the complexities of masculinity and related perceptions. It is important to engage with men and boys to not only address violence against women and girls, but also to challenge the traditional notions of masculinity – to acknowledge and recognize their privilege in order to be able to counter unequal norms and be agents of change.

The primary challenge embedded in this work is how to engage men and boys effectively, which requires an understanding of the conceptual underpinning of male engagement work, how that has been brought to bear in practice and to what effect.

The curation of content below first appeared on ALIGN platform’s section on Men, boys and masculinities to build a knowledge base and bring together existing materials as well as resources on men and masculinities. This user-friendly knowledge resource on masculinities and gender norms includes toolkits, research papers and video narratives that could serve as useful resources for those working with men and boys, as they question non-equitable views about masculinity and develop more positive attitudes to prevent unhealthy behaviors that impact them, their health and their families.


Masculinities in India: Nasir and Hasina

Masculinities in India: Rajesh

Masculinities in India: Prashant



The Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) project convenes a Community of Practice (CoP) and digital platform for shared learning on gender norms and norm change. ALIGN connects a global community of researchers and thought leaders to share learning on the impact of harmful gender norms and the leading knowledge approaches to gender norm change.

The digital platform contains a resource library and curated ‘focus areas’ content. Content covers a range of thematic and topical areas which include gender norms; education and life skills; health and well-being; child marriage; social protection; women’s economic empowerment; and men, boys and masculinities. The platform also includes useful tools and methodologies. This content will grow to include curated evidence and resource guides, recommended reading lists and annotated bibliographies, think pieces, blogs, case studies and videos.