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Men enlist in the fight for women's rights

Updated: Tue, 9 Dec 2014

Introduction

Globally, there is an increasing acknowledgment of the importance of addressing and changing the attitudes of men and boys to achieve the stubbornly elusive goal of gender equality.

It represented a major theme at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, where a number of delegates insisted that male engagement is critical.  “We can empower women more and more, but if men remain the same, what’s the point?,  said Waruna Sri Dhanapala, minister counselor at Sri Lanka's permanent mission to the United Nations.

“It's about power. Men want to determine whatwomen do and tell them what to do and how to do it. That must stop. Men must learn to accept gender equality," said Babatunde Osotimehin, head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

To that end, there is a growing effort to educate men and boys about gender equality-- the earlier, the better. Programmes to do so are emerging around the world, from Parivartan in India, which uses cricket to teach men and boys to treat women as equals, to Coaching Boys Into Men sponsored by Futures Without Violence in the U.S. to UN Women’s global  HeForShe campaign to enlist men in ending gender inequality and violence against women.

We will continue to chronicle these often underreported stories on this page. 

Globally, there is an increasing acknowledgment of the importance of addressing and changing the attitudes of men and boys to achieve the stubbornly elusive goal of gender equality.

It represented a major theme at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, where a number of delegates insisted that male engagement is critical.  “We can empower women more and more, but if men remain the same, what’s the point?,  said Waruna Sri Dhanapala, minister counselor at Sri Lanka's permanent mission to the United Nations.

“It's about power. Men want to determine whatwomen do and tell them what to do and how to do it. That must stop. Men must learn to accept gender equality," said Babatunde Osotimehin, head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

To that end, there is a growing effort to educate men and boys about gender equality-- the earlier, the better. Programmes to do so are emerging around the world, from Parivartan in India, which uses cricket to teach men and boys to treat women as equals, to Coaching Boys Into Men sponsored by Futures Without Violence in the U.S. to UN Women’s global  HeForShe campaign to enlist men in ending gender inequality and violence against women.

We will continue to chronicle these often underreported stories on this page.