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OUR WORK WITH MEN

CHALLENGING DISCRIMINATION AND INEQUALITY AT THEIR ROOTS

Patriarchal systems disempower and discriminate against women. Too many men still believe that they are superior to women, and treat their wives, sisters and daughters as objects - to be owned and disposed of. In many societies, especially those affected by conflict, this behaviour is considered the norm. Husbands beat their wives, marry off their young daughters and disregard the opinions of women in their community.

With your support, we can change that.

OUR MEN'S ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME

OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, WE HAVE TRAINED ALMOST 21,000 MEN IN OUR MEN'S ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME

The ultimate goal of our Men’s Engagement Programme is to see improvements in women’s decision making, well-being and economic status. We aim to help men become more knowledgeable about women’s rights issues, more positive and open-minded about concepts of gender, and as a result to show greater respect towards women. 

"I had to beg my wife for forgiveness for all the things I have done in the past.” Monday, a participant of the Men's Engagement Programme in Nigeria with his wife and daugther. Photo: Monilekan

How do we work with men?

BECOMING CHAMPIONS FOR WOMEN’S EQUALITY

Changing men’s behaviours is crucial to achieving women’s equality. This means both stopping negative actions as well as becoming effective agents of change in promoting women’s equality for the women in their lives and in the wider community. 

In their own words

Obadia Lowiya Steven

South Sudan

Since attending this training my behaviour has changed for the better. We can now manage our family problems better. I am learning about the importance of allowing girls to finish school, and am against early marriage.

Veronica

Nigeria

When my husband got money, he would spend it on drink. When our children were sick, I had to look for traditional medicine as I didn’t have the money to go to the hospital. Now he has changed.

Khan

Afghanistan

One thing we struggled with as a community, when we married or engaged our daughters, is that we would not ask them… We didn’t know any different, and we thought it was part of our religion.

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Women's equality is everyone's business. Be inspired by the men promoting gender equality around the world.

If we want to help women break through social and economic barriers, we must work with men to challenge discrimination and become allies in the fight for gender equality.