From Dakar to Delhi: Influencing Policy Discourse on Men and Masculinities

This paper was written in collaboration with our partners from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN). It discusses the process and progress of the men and masculinities stream of work at IDS, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This stream of work had the following objectives:
    •   Narrative: To challenge the discursive framing of both “men” and “masculinities” within development policy and programming that hinders progress toward gender justice.
    •   Analysis: To improve understandings of masculinities as they shape the “structures of constraint” that limit the achievement of gender justice and of strategies to address masculinities that can bring about and sustain change within these “structures of constraint.”

    •   Alliance: To strengthen networking and alliance-building between actors within the men and masculinities field and organisations working on issues of gender justice and sexual rights in different policy arenas, to become more effective in influencing global and local policy processes.

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