Men and gender equality : online discussion report
The topic of men and gender equality is seen as somewhat ambiguous within the gender equality discourse. On the one hand, for a long period gender equality policies have been contextualised mainly as a ‘women's issue' — as women have been the driving force behind gender equality strategies and have been seen as the only ones who benefit from a more equal society (European Commission:2013). On the other hand, rather too often, men are seen as a monolithic group who benefit from inequality and therefore are reluctant to change the status quo. However, in the last decade there has been more debate on how to engage more men in gender equality initiatives and how gender inequality affects different groups of men. Numerous men's initiatives (mostly from civil society organisations) that support gender equality have been set up in Europe and beyond. These developments have also taken place at EU level.
Bibl. : p. 13-15.