What men have to do with it

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Public policies to promote gender equality

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Gary Barker, Margaret E. Greene, Eve Goldstein-Siegel, Marcos Nascimento, Márcio Segundo, Christine Ricardo, Juan Guillermo Figueroa, Josefina Franzoni, Jean Redpath, Robert Morrell, Rachel Jewkes, Dean Peacock, Francisco Aguayo, Michelle Sadler, Abhijit Das, Satish Kumar Singh, Anand Pawar, Peter Pawlak

Most policies that strive for equality still focus exclusively on empowering women and neglect the role that men can play in the effort. This report summarizes how policies of seven countries (Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico, South Africa, Norway and Tanzania) involve men in gender equality goals. The study also examines whether the policies address social norms that reinforce traditional perceptions of what it means to be a man. The authors analyze advances, challenges and remaining gaps in a range of policy arenas, such as public security, health, livelihoods and engaging men as fathers and caregivers.

This policy analysis is a component of the Men and Gender Equality Policy Project coordinated by ICRW and Instituto Promundo.