Activity of MOVISIE
Aims and objectives
MOVISIE is the Netherlands centre for social development. Their mission is to promote the participation and independence of citizens. They do this by supporting and advising professional organisations, volunteer organisations and governmental institutions.
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Sports; Violence; Men and gender equality; Gender Mainstreaming; LGBT
Organisation Country: Netherlands
Organisation City: Utrecht
Postal address: PO Box 19129, 3501 DC Utrecht
Organisation Zip Code: 3511 GC
Organisation Phone: +31 307892108
Name: Wil Verschoor
Phone: +31 307892108
MOVISIE gives advice. MOVISIE has a men's as well as a women's emancipation section which looks mainly at the role of men in the home. It focuses on concrete problems with specific audiences in specific situations. This may include the position of men in caregiving, the participation of immigrant men in society, the role of men within the family or men as victims of domestic violence. MOVISIE identifies trends, collects and disseminates best practices in the country and contributes to discussions about the identity of men and their contribution to emancipation. MOVISIE also advises on ways to empower women. We hold lectures and workshops on codes of masculinity to involve men in activities. It also runs Man Actief, a method for enabling immigrant men in a vulnerable position to take action. It aims to decrease the social isolation and increase the self-esteem of immigrant men, together with practical work on the transition to voluntary or paid work, or a follow-up course. There is a also a trainers' handbook. They are also starting a project on fathers' centres, building on the successful mothers' centres where mothers and fathers can meet to learn and support each other. For example, the centre in Amersfoort organises events for men from fishing trips at sea to meetings of teenage fathers. It seeks to increase access to many existing facilities for fathers / men and their children (education, welfare, sports facilities, libraries, etc.); and gives advice and support to the male role: mental, physical and educational.
ManActief Trainers' handbook, which addresses core questions about men's position in family and society, using the themes of identity and culture, society and identity, manhood, family, religion, health and labor.The method and the training manual were tested in 4 pilots programmes in 4 cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague). In each pilot, +/- 15 migrant men in an isolated position were challenged to follow an 8-weeks training programme, focused on self respect . Besides, the men were challenged to become an active member of society, by getting paid or voluntary work, starting courses or any other activities. Sixty men started in the pilots; 38 of them succeeded in becoming an active member of society.