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Promoting gender equitable attitudes and practices among men

Mar 08, 2011

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) presents initial findings on men’s attitudes and practices on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality. The survey was conducted by International Center for Research on Women and Brazil’s Instituto Promundo in six countries across four continents.

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The world increasingly affirms that men must be part of achieving gender equality. Indeed, changing men’s practices and the structures and factors that enable, encourage and shape those practices – in terms of violence, health, overall treatment of women and girls and participation in family life – is a key part of the global gender equality agenda.

The United Nations has called for engaging men and boys in gender equality for at least 15 years. The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo) affirmed the importance of involving men in improving sexual and reproductive health, and emphasized the need to increase men’s involvement in the care of children (WHO, 2007). Similarly, the 48th session of the Commission on the
Status of Women3 (CSW) in 2004 affirmed the ICPD and went further, recognizing that men and boys can and do make contributions to achieve gender equality.

Many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),which are time-bound targets for achieving key health and development indicators, focus on achieving gender equality and improving women’s lives (in terms of maternal health, educational disparities, poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and reducing violence against women). An analysis using 12 indicators to measure progress on the MDG priorities (ICRW, 2008) shows that clear advances have been made in empowering women, especially in education and increasing women’s political representation in national parliaments and local governments. But progress in other areas that require engaging men– reducing violence against women, increasing women’s income relative to men’s, and reducing inequalities related to the care burden – has lagged.

The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP) is a multi-year, multi-country effort to gather evidence and raise awareness among policymakers and program planners of the need to involvement in gendered ways as part of health and development agendas.

A key component of the project has been the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), one of the most comprehensive efforts of its kind to gather household survey data on men’s attitudes and practices – along with women’s opinions about and experiences of men’s practices –on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality.

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is a comprehensive household questionnaire on men’s attitudes and practices – along with women’s opinions and reports of men’s practices –on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality.

From 2009 to 2010, household surveys were administered to more than 8,000 men and 3,500women ages 18-59 in Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico and Rwanda. Topics in the questionnaire included: gender-based violence; health and health related practices; household division of labor; men’s participation in care giving and as fathers; men’s and women’s attitudes about gender and gender related policies; transactional sex; men’s reports of criminal behavior; and quality of life. This report focuses on the initial, comparative analysis of results from the men’s questionnaires across the six countries, with women’s reports on key variables.

Overall, IMAGES results affirm that gender equality should be promoted as a gain for women and men. Change seems to be happening as younger men and men with higher levels of education show more gender-equitable attitudes and practices.

Source : ICRW
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