The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP), led by Instituto Promundo and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), is a multi-year, multi-country effort to build the evidence base on how to change public institutions and policies to better foster gender equality and to raise awareness among policymakers and program planners of the need to involve men in health, development and gender equality issues. Project activities include:
(1) a multi-country policy research and analysis presented in the publication What Men Have to Do with it: Public Policies to Promote Gender Equality;
(2) the International Men and Gender Equality Survey or IMAGES, a quantitative household survey carried out with men and women in seven countries in 2009-2010,1 initial results of which are presented in this publication;
(3) the “Men who Care” study consisting of in-depth qualitative life history interviews with men in five countries; and
(4) advocacy efforts and dissemination of the findings from these different components via various formats, including a documentary film. Participating countries in the project as of 2010 included Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico, Rwanda and South Africa.
The multiple research components of the project aim to provide policymakers with evidence-based, practical strategies for engaging men in gender equality, particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, reducing gender-based violence, fatherhood and maternal and child health, and men’s health needs.