A wide range of initiatives and interventions now exist for engaging men and boys in development activities. Those thought to have most promise are ones that seek to change norms, often using collective action, connecting up individual, community and institutional levels, as well as targeting young people. Not enough is known, however, about what works best when it comes to changing broader social norms, or the institutional arrangements and structures which sustain or shift these norms and attitudes, nor indeed about which men (and women) need to become engaged at different levels, why and how.
In order to enable stronger work with boys and men to promote gender equality, it is essential to gather evidence and lessons to provide a stronger basis for improving policy, learning and practice.
The EMERGE project has produced an evidence report that critically assesses trends and shifts in engaging men and boys for gender equality over the past 20 years. It explores successful policies and programmes and implications for best practice, as well as future directions for promoting men’s and boys’ support for gender equality, across a variety of priority thematic areas.