Men Make a Difference: Engaging Men on Gender Equality

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CJRC researcher Associate Professor Michael Flood from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, will be speaking today at the launch of the research report he co-authored titled  “Men Make a Difference: Engaging Men on Gender Equality”. The report examines the evidence for what works and what doesn’t, and recommends more effective ways to engage men to achieve gender equality at work.

Key report findings:

  • Gender inequalities are everywhere

Gender inequalities are built into the systems and structures of our workplaces:

  • Formally through policies and decision-making practices (e.g. denying promotion to part-time staff, as women are much more likely to work part-time than men), and
  • Informally through norms and customs (e.g. ‘cultural fit’, ‘merit’, who gets included in or excluded in social and professional networks, language use, stereotypes, sexist and harassing behaviour).

Gender inequalities are also carried out by men and women at work:

  • Many men, often without even realising it, practice other everyday forms of sexism.
  • Men benefit from gender equality
  • Men gain when the women and girls around them have lives which are safe and fair.
  • Men’s wellbeing improves when the constraints of narrow notions of masculinity are relaxed.
  • Men with feminist partners report greater relationship stability and sexual satisfaction than men with non-feminist partners.
  • Men also benefit from active involvement as fathers in their children’s lives.
  • With progress towards gender equality in workplaces, men will enjoy workplaces with greater productivity, creativity, and diversity because of the wider pools of talent and fairer processes on which they are based.

More information about this research can be accessed through the following links:

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