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65% of men in India believe there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten. Rigid gender norms and stereotypes reinforced over generations in a largely patriarchal society remain the root cause of discrimination against women.Social expectations of how men and boys should be and act directly affect behaviour related to gender-based violence, HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health. Dasra's whitepaper, Ladies and Gentle Men, explores the issue of engaging men and boys in women's development in India. It highlights existing gender norms, the four pillars of engagement - family, school, media and community - effective strategies and current efforts in India. It also offers a snapshot of some of the most impactful programs aimed at this effort.
Open Society Foundations;
In July 2012, a group of experts and statespersons established by the United Nations Development Program—the Global Commission on HIV and the Law—released the report HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health. Their report examines where and how human rights abuses occur and how new law, court decisions, and better legal enforcement can address the epidemic.This briefing paper highlights the report's findings about men who have sex with men. It offers information and language that may be useful for advocacy, campaigning, and lobbying.
American Enterprise Institute;
This report seeks specifically to answer two important sets of questions that bear on the economic fortunes of black men in America:1. What share of black men have reached the middle class or higher as adults? What share are in poverty?2. What are the key institutional and cultural engines of economic success for black men in America today?
W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
Addresses the silent health crisis adversely affecting the well being of men of color. Explores policy options and describes programs located in several cities across the U.S. that are working on solutions to the problem.
California Community Foundation;
This report tells the story of BLOOM, its impact, and the lessons we learned along the way. Through the initiative, Brotherhood Crusade (BHC) and Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) developed programs that tap into the potential of young Black males through developmental relationships with male mentors along with positive peer relationships and accountability with other young Black men. Since its launch, BLOOM has impacted the lives of nearly 800 young Black men in South L.A. Over the past six years, California Community Foundation's (CCF) commitment of $500,000 per year, totaling $3.5 million, leveraged $3.3 million from other foundations, as well as contributions from individual donors, with an additional $3.2 million pledged over the next five years.
Open Society Foundations;
In his 2010 State of the City address, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg committed to finding new ways to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men relative to their peers in New York City. The Young Men's Initiative, launched by the Mayor Bloomberg in August 2011, is the culmination of 18 months of researching the causes of those disparities and their potential remedies.Through broad policy changes and agency reforms, a public-private partnership will invest more than $43 million annually in programs that will connect young men to education, employment, and mentoring opportunities; improve their health; and reduce their involvement with the criminal justice system. This report highlights both the Young Men's Initiative policy goals, which include numerous efforts to break down legislative and institutional barriers to achievement for young men of color; and the new Young Men's Initiative programs that offer expanded access to key skills and services.
Center for Economic and Policy Research;
Researchers, partially in response to the slow labor market recovery from the Great Recession and the 2016 presidential election in the United States, are interested in why men, and particularly men without a college education, aren't as likely to be working. Some explanations point to survey data on how leisure time is used to argue that men aren't working because they would rather do something else (such as play video games, or engage in other online leisure activities). Other research points to how increasing opioid usage is causing men to be unable to work. One problem with these explanations is that within specific age and education groups, changes to women's employment outcomes are often actually worse than men's. That is, the "problem with men" is not specific to men. This short paper compares changes since 1990 to men's and women's employment rates (also called the employment-population ratio) for three age subgroups of men and women without a college education. Changes to the employed share of each group show up in the group's employment rate, therefore discussion focuses on explanations for similarities and differences in trends in men's and women's employment rates since 2000. According to the latest available microdata — the September 2017 Current Population Survey (CPS) — roughly 45 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 (sometimes referred to as "prime-age") report a high school diploma or less as their highest level of educational attainment (35.7 percent of the age 25 to 54 population). Of this group, slightly more than half, or 54.2 percent, are men. The prime-age group is divided into ten-year age subgroups (25–34, 35–44, and 45–54) to reduce the effect of demographic trends on employment rate data.
Violence Policy Center;
The U.S. Department of Justice has found that women are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men, especially when a weapon is involved. Moreover, women are much more likely to be victimized at home than in any other place.This study provides a stark reminder that domestic violence and guns make a deadly combination. According to reports submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), firearms are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes. Instead, they are all too often used to inflict harm on the very people they were intended to protect.
RISE for Boys and Men of Color;
The authors highlight community programs that promote the education and well-being of Native men and boys. The findings and recommendations capture the breadth and depth of educational experiences among Indigenous men and boys. In addition, the authors identify guiding principles that might not otherwise be included in archival data or as educational tactics, such as cultural practices (i.e., spirituality) in intervention(s), personal, and emotional influences, and other individualized details regarding educational access, persistence, and attainment.
American Values Institute;
While there has been progress in the U.S. in terms of racial attitudes and opportunities, black men and boys continue to face challenges. This report presents original research, along with current studies in social psychology and neuroscience, offering an empirically grounded analysis of how emotions and fears about race shape behaviors and biases.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
Given the psychological burdens black males face as a result of racism, inequality, and economic oppression, combined with barriers to receiving appropriate mental health treatment and care, the concerns of the Black Mental Health Alliance should not be ignored. This fact sheet contains heartfelt testimonials, statistics describing the extent of the problem, and recommended actions encompassing prevention, service delivery, policies, and research.