Promundo CEO Gary Barker’s Chapter Featured in Acclaimed Anthology, The Crisis of Connection
January 30, 2019
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the book argues, people have become increasingly disconnected from themselves, each other, and the world around them. Edited by Niobe Way, The Crisis of Connection examines inequalities and the science of human connection before presenting a path to a more just and humane world.
The book has been featured in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, and the Marin Independent Journal. As Lyn Mikel Brown, author of Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists, put it, “This profoundly important book suggests that our innate human determination to bridge differences and live in vulnerable, loving relationships is the antidote to rising fear and anxiety and the best chance we have to solve the wicked problems before us.”
Promundo President and CEO Gary Barker authored the chapter titled, “Letting Men Care: Supporting Engaged Fatherhood to Radically Disrupt the Gender Binary.” He advocates for changing norms and institutions to encourage men’s caregiving and advance gender equality, noting:
“This is an issue of social and economic justice and of ending the crisis of connection.”
The chapter highlights the work of Promundo and MenCare, the global fatherhood campaign Promundo co-coordinates, in pursuit of that goal. Advocacy initiatives, such as the State of the World’s Fathers reports, and programs like Program P, promote men’s participation in nonviolent, equitable caregiving as a path to disrupting the gender binary. This work has the power to make our world safer, more just, and, ultimately, more connected.