UNESCO is seeking applications for Positively Men: Engaged for Positive Masculinities and Gender Equality.
What they want to hear?
They are interested to hear what you have accomplished in one or more of these categories:
- Preventing male violence and aggression (such as bullying in schools, gangs, verbal or physical violence against women and gender-based violence in general);
- Supporting women’s rights and empowerment (such as girls’ right to education, artistic freedom of women, increasing women’s autonomy and leadership);
- Supporting care and affection (active fatherhood engagement, providing care to children or the elderly, expressing positive emotions, encouraging peers to ask for help when they need it);
- Engaging with the community, especially men, to promote and live the values of respect for diversity and gender equality, rejecting gender stereotypes and speaking out in case of gender-based discrimination.
Who they are looking for?
- This call is open to people from all parts of the globe who are engaged and practicing any form of positive masculinity. They want to hear your stories, and understand what makes you a good example of positive engagement for gender equality. The most inspiring testimonials will be part of a video-campaign that will be produced and disseminated worldwide by UNESCO in autumn 2021.
- At UNESCO, they believe that no society can thrive when girls remain out of school that no country can take up technological challenges if the scientific fields exclude women that no community can grow healthy and cohesive until all forms of gender based violence are eradicated. This is why gender equality is a global priority of UNESCO.
- Overcoming these challenges requires the full engagement of men and women. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that many men still feel unconcerned by efforts in favor of gender equality.
- If you are one of those who speak up against gender- based violence, challenge inequalities and hegemonic practices in your community, in your family, in your workplace and with your peers,
- if you reject stereotypical perceptions of virility and toxic manhood,
- if you are supporting women’s empowerment and inclusive societies.
For more information, visit https://en.unesco.org/positively-men