Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality (EMERGE)

EMERGE is a two-year project to build an openly accessible base of evidence, lessons, and guidance for working with boys and men to promote gender equality.

Research

EMERGE was a two-year project that established an openly accessible base of evidence, lessons, and guidance for working with boys and men to promote gender equality.

Programming

The findings and conclusions generated from EMERGE seek to inform the development of new interventions and the replication and scaling up of best practices to engage men in gender equality.

Advocacy

EMERGE policy briefs provide guidance on framing men and boys in policies focused on gender equality and social change, as well as in broader development policies.

 

Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality (EMERGE) was a two-year project, spanning from 2014 to 2016, that built an openly accessible base of evidence, lessons, and guidance for working with boys and men to promote gender equality.

Promundo, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the United Kingdom, and Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa collaborated to review and analyze existing evidence, document lessons from the field, and develop guidance for improved learning, policy, and practice.

EMERGE case studies, practice briefs, and policy briefs aim to inform what works best in engaging men and boys for gender equality in terms of changing social norms, as well as the institutional arrangements and structures that sustain or shift norms and attitudes. These resources explore which men and women need to become engaged at different levels, why, and how.

Addressing the question, “What works best when it comes to engaging men and boys for gender equality?”, an evidence review critically assesses trends and shifts in related social norms and structures over the past 20 years, successful policies and programs, and future directions for promoting men’s and boys’ support for gender equality.

EMERGE conducted eight case studies to document field-learning and rapid research from across different regions, illustrating promising evidence-based approaches in programs, policies, and institutions, as well as exploring significant gaps in the evidence available. Read Promundo’s case studies on the Living Peace initiative and MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign in six Latin American countries.

The final phase of EMERGE focused on creating lessons and guidance for policymakers, practitioners, and activists, to provide guidance on including men and boys in policies focused on gender equality and social change, as well as in broader development policies. Read the EMERGE Practice Brief: Lessons in Good Practice from Work with Men and Boys for Gender Equality and the EMERGE Framing Paper: Reframing Men and Boys in Policy for Gender Equality.

EMERGE was funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Learn more on EMERGE’s website.

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