Councils for Men, The She for He Initiative and Declining Trust in Institutions

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The She for He initiatives

While societies have been focusing almost exclusively on women’s issues for more than fifty years now, driven largely by well organised and state sponsored women’s groups trumpeting the slogan Gender Equality for Women, men have fallen further and further behind. Long-standing disparities for men and boys in health, education, family law and many other social issues have simply deepened without a murmur from politicians, policy makers and the media.

Deeply conscious of this, In 2015 Georgetown University professor Cathy Tinsley proposed the establishment of an international “She for He” campaign. Tinsley explained, “I submit that males are already deeply embedded in issues of gender inequality, although they may not immediately recognize it.”

Tinsley’s idea began to spread, as the U.S.-based Women’s Legal Defence Fund published an article that explained, “We have to acknowledge the fact that gender discrimination is a double-edged sword. It hurts both men and women, and we ‘gender justice warriors’ are fighting against it to help all of us….In the end, the fight for equal rights is all for all.”

The Canadian Association for Equality held an event on “SHE for HE: Women for Equality.”

The She for He movement then expanded to the international stage. On December 11 2023, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Mongolia Battsetseg Batmunkh announced her government’s “She for He” initiative.

The announcement was made in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations’ 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights .

The Batmunkh announcement served to further accelerate the momentum of the She for He effort.

 

 

Councils for Men and Fathers

In response, gender equality advocates began to establish councils for men and fathers. Such councils currently exist in Mexico, Norway, and the United States.

Similar councils have been proposed for Australia, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Last year in Denmark, the Minister for Equality Marie Bjerre announced her decision to assure equal support to male victims of domestic violence.

Women’s March in support of men Buenos Aires

In Argentina, a bill was introduced in the Senate to halt false allegations of domestic abuse .

In South Africa, a documentary on MEN TOO – Domestic Violence Against Men was released.

Norway: The Norwegian Men’s Equality Commission released a comprehensive report on achieving gender equality for men. Titled “Equality’s Next Step,” the report expands the traditional gender narrative to also address the concerns of men and boys.

In 2021, an All Party Parliamentary Committee for men and boys was set up  in Westminster

to focus on unjust laws and the many areas where services for men are lagging and to take steps to remedy these. The APPG has produced three reports since then on Male Suicide, on Education and on Men’s Health.

What is life like for a boy today, growing up in the UK? The APPG  published its report: ‘A Boy Today’ in September 2021.

The Case for a Men’s Health Strategy  Follow this Inquiry here

Tackling Male Suicide A New ‘Whole System’ Approach   Press release 30 Sept 2022

Kenya: In support of the World Day of the Boy Child on May 16, the African Boychild Network held a National Convergence, which enjoyed the support of 23 community partners.

India: Throughout the month of June 2024, the All-Bengal Men’s Forum is observing Men’s Health Month by organizing a series of seminars on a range of health topics.

Declining Trust in Governments

An essential ingredient for proper state functioning and democratic stability is that citizens trust their governments, institutions, state agencies and the media. Trust in institutions as measured by the Edelman Trust Barometer is declining. The survey, which measures trust in government, business, the media, and NGOs, paints a bleak picture of Europe, highlighting falling trust in government and institutions, with a majority believing that the social fabric is weakening.

In Europe, trust in government overall is only 44%. It is at its lowest in Germany where only 34% trust it. On the other end, Ireland is the most likely to trust its government, at 47%. Ominously, trust in government leaders is also low across the continent, with only 35% of Europeans saying that they trust government leaders to do what is right.

Close Ministry of Equality Spain

People are accustomed to pointing to the US as the quintessential example of a polarized society where the paralysis has been growing for more than a decade rather than diminishing, but Europe may be heading in the same direction. The survey finds that 62% of European respondents say that their countries are more divided today than in the past.

A lack of faith in societal institutions triggered by economic anxiety, disinformation, mass-class divide and a failure of leadership has brought Europeans to where they are today – deeply and dangerously polarized.

A shared media environment has given way to echo chambers, making it harder to collaboratively solve problems. Media is not trusted, with especially low trust in social media. This is a trend now borne out by many independent surveys.

 

Appeal

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Do you value the work that Men’s Voices Ireland does to highlight issues of concern to men and boys which are never covered by other media? The legacy media routinely and systematically exclude these issues and this has been going on for decades. We have been trying to draw attention to this neglect for more than eight years now.

We need funding to continue this work. Even a website costs money to maintain and we also lobby politicians to improve services such as support services for male victims of domestic violence and men who need help and advice with the Family Court system. We are also part of the international alliance DAVIA which is doing similar work globally.

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