Men's roles in a gender equality perspective

Men's roles in a gender equality perspective

In Portugal, men's roles in gender equality have to be understood in the context of the historical and political dynamics that, over the past few decades, have promoted gender equality policies mainly focused on the improvement of women's social conditions. Only recently have men also become subjects of public debate, and only over the last decade have gender equality policies proposed new measures which challenge past models of masculinities. This attention has been more visible in fatherhood policies, but its overarching effects are having an impact on the way men and women experience and build up gender equality in both private and public spheres (Wall, Aboim & Cunha, 2010; Aboim & Vasconcelos, 2012). 
The aim of this project was to promote awareness and knowledge on men and gender equality in Portuguese society, in the context of changing practices and policies in Europe, in particular the Nordic model of gender equality. It did this by providing policy-relevant evidence based on research and policy analysis, and by creating a platform for public debate and dissemination which addressed and incorporated the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders and policy-makers. Three interrelated objectives, also linked to different types of activities and outputs, structured the overall strategy of the project. The first was to produce a "White Paper" on men, male roles and gender equality in Portugal which served as the basis for public debate, dissemination and awareness-raising. A second was to provide a systematic review of existing data as well as novel research findings on men and gender equality and recent policies addressing this issue; this overarching analysis was undertaken at both national and cross-national levels (e.g. comparing practices and policies in Portugal, Spain and Norway) and then fed into both the main overview and the forward-looking recommendations of the "White Paper". The third was to establish a dialogue with relevant stakeholders and policy-makers in order to incorporate their perspectives in the recommendations and future challenges for policy; this fed into the recommendations set out in the "White Paper" as well as enabling critical debate and dissemination in the final part of the project.

 

Estatuto: 
Proponent entity
Financed: 
Yes
Entidades: 
CITE- Comissão para a Igualdade e no Trabalho e no Emprego
EEA and Norway Fund
Rede: 
CITE: Comissão para a Igualdade no Trabalho e no Emprego
Keywords: 

Gender equality
Public Policies
Work-family life balance
Men & Masculinities

In Portugal, men's roles in gender equality have to be understood in the context of the historical and political dynamics that, over the past few decades, have promoted gender equality policies mainly focused on the improvement of women's social conditions. Only recently have men also become subjects of public debate, and only over the last decade have gender equality policies proposed new measures which challenge past models of masculinities. This attention has been more visible in fatherhood policies, but its overarching effects are having an impact on the way men and women experience and build up gender equality in both private and public spheres (Wall, Aboim & Cunha, 2010; Aboim & Vasconcelos, 2012). 
The aim of this project was to promote awareness and knowledge on men and gender equality in Portuguese society, in the context of changing practices and policies in Europe, in particular the Nordic model of gender equality. It did this by providing policy-relevant evidence based on research and policy analysis, and by creating a platform for public debate and dissemination which addressed and incorporated the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders and policy-makers. Three interrelated objectives, also linked to different types of activities and outputs, structured the overall strategy of the project. The first was to produce a "White Paper" on men, male roles and gender equality in Portugal which served as the basis for public debate, dissemination and awareness-raising. A second was to provide a systematic review of existing data as well as novel research findings on men and gender equality and recent policies addressing this issue; this overarching analysis was undertaken at both national and cross-national levels (e.g. comparing practices and policies in Portugal, Spain and Norway) and then fed into both the main overview and the forward-looking recommendations of the "White Paper". The third was to establish a dialogue with relevant stakeholders and policy-makers in order to incorporate their perspectives in the recommendations and future challenges for policy; this fed into the recommendations set out in the "White Paper" as well as enabling critical debate and dissemination in the final part of the project.

 

Objectivos: 
Develop a grassroots approach which will establish a dialogue with stakeholders and policy-makers in order to engage them in the forwards-looking approach of the WP and to provide a platform for discussion and dissemination. This will allow to incorporate the perspectives of a wide range of social actors in the recommendations and future challenges for policy as well as enabling debate and dissemination.
State of the art: 
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Parceria: 
International networ
Leonor Bettencourt Rodrigues
Berit Brandth
Elin Kvande
Gerardo Meil Landwerlin

MenGEP

Coordenador 
Start Date: 
01/03/2014
End Date: 
31/10/2016
Closed