Masculinities Mondays: 17th of November 2014

We’ve been silent for a month over here at Searching for the G-Spot but an international move is to blame for that and we aim to get back into the swing of things now. It’s been an eventful month:

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  • The 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium was held in New Delhi from 10th-13th of November, bringing together activists, academics and development practitioners from around the world to talk about engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality. Check out webcasts of the sessions and other resources from the symposium here.
  • The latest issue of Institute of Development Studies’ virtual bulletin also focuses on masculinities. Challenging Patriarchy: Unsettling Men and Masculinities draws on IDS articles on the theme from over a decade and covers diverse topics such as masculinities and sexualities, involving men in gender and development, men’s care-giving, and violence. Click on the article title and then on the bulletin issue number to access the full-text articles (like this).
  • The International Rescue Committee and UNHCR will be holding a Global Facilitators’ Training on Engaging Men in Accountable Practice to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls in February 2015. Engaging Men in Accountable Practice is a ten month individual behavior change intervention which aims to reduce violence against women and girls by addressing its root causes.  This global training will aim to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to implement and train on this intervention in the field, specifically in humanitarian settings. The closing date fro applications is the 26th of November.
  • And a survey recently conducted by OnePoll in the UK has found significant gaps in the communication of maternity leave policies.  Just 32% of female employees surveyed said that they were given information about their maternity benefits when they began their current job. The survey also revealed that many female employees avoid asking about maternity cover out of fear that it will hinder their career progression, prevent them from being taken seriously by employers, or even put them at risk of redundancy. Although a similar study on paternity leave was not conducted, surely it is in the best interests employees of all genders to push their employers for open and accessible information about both maternity and paternity leave.

More gender, masculinities and sexualities news coming soon!

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