Making the Connections

Making the Connections is an ongoing initiative to explore the broad effects of masculine norms on society.

Research

Reports in the Making the Connections series translate theoretical and empirical findings from academic and demographic sources into a concise, readable format suited for broader, non-academic audiences.

Programming

The Making the Connection series provides insights and recommendations, including those which can inform programmatic approaches to identify, challenge, and shift harmful masculine norms.

Advocacy

The Making the Connection series provides policy recommendations and transformational approaches for addressing the effects of harmful masculine norms on society, in order to advance gender equality and prevent violence.

 

We know that when men adhere to harmful, masculine norms – like the need to be tough and stoic, to take risks, and more – they are more likely also to use violence, to harass, bully, and/or to have poor mental health. The Making the Connections series is an initiative by Promundo and numerous influential partners* to explore the broad effects of masculine norms – like those listed above, and others – on society. The reports in this series translate theoretical and empirical findings from dozens of academic and demographic sources into a concise, readable format suited for broader, non-academic audiences, including policymakers, donors, program designers, students, and even invested individuals, such as those who are parents, teachers, and coaches.

For each part of the series, authors choose a particular theme – such as health, violence, COVID-19, or violent extremism – and then, as the title suggests, “make the connections” between that particular theme and social expectations of men and boys. Very often, this process includes investigating relevant, gendered demographic trends, and then exploring how these trends relate to norms and expectations about what it means to be a man across class, race, sexual orientation, and other identity factors that mediate these connections.

The resulting report is a combination primer and program and policy platform, which presents recommendations on how to build on healthy masculine norms and transform those that are harmful, at scale. We invite all interested readers to access the full series below and to contact us with any reactions, uses for these reports, or suggestions for new entries and partnerships, by writing to us at contact@promundoglobal.org.

* Thank you to the Oak Foundation, the Movember Foundation, Durham University, and others for their financial support and/or co-authorship in one or more papers in this series. Access each report to see a full list of partners.

Related Programs

  • IMAGES: IMAGES measures men’s attitudes and practices – along with women’s opinions and reports of men’s practices – on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality.

Reports in the Making the Connections series: