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Roadmap for moving towards global initiative on positive Masculinities

28 February 2019

Experts from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, key partners, experts in the subject of masculinities, with the support of national high ranking officials agreed on an Interregional Roadmap for the UNESCO Global initiative on Masculinities.

It was decided to advance towards a global framework to involve men and boys in the promotion of gender equality during the interregional seminar “Men, Masculinities and Gender Equality in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean”, held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 25 to 27 February 2019.

The Roadmap will guide the design and execution of actions on positive masculinities, with a South-South-North cooperation dimension aiming at producing recommendations for the implementation of public policy on this issue. It also supports coordinated and coherent progress on priority issues such as gender equality, inclusion and education with a human rights perspective.

The stakeholders have developed a mechanism for implementing the roadmap with UNESCO as the executive Secretariat. This mechanism consists of an interregional Steering Committee composed of a dozen of key partners of the Initiative, selected among academia, non-governmental and civil society organizations, corporate foundations, governments and international bodies.

It will drive specific actions in review, monitoring and reporting; policy and strategies; advocacy and communication; knowledge-sharing, capacity building and governance related to the topic of positive masculinities and gender equality.  Regional and local networks gathering universities, civil society organizations and other relevant partners will be mobilized.

Participants also committed to strengthen crosscutting collaboration, cross-fertilization and work on the following priority areas:

1.    Continuation of the State of the Art and research on masculinities, male roles and gender-based violence towards policy guidance;
2.    Innovative capacity building and reinforcement for the dissemination and development of practical knowledge and tools including best practices;
3.    Communication strategy and advocacy to sensitize the broad public on the concept of positive masculinities and gender identities towards the achievement of gender equality;
4.    Establishment of an online repository on data on research, relevant evidence and practices including a mapping of research centres.

Angela Melo, Director of Policies and Programmes of the Social and Human Sciences Sector at UNESCO, emphasized the efforts made by authorities, stakeholders and key partners to build these collaborative initiative.