International Women’s Day

Engaging men and boys as partners for gender equality

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

Ms. Gabrielle Henderson – Officer in Charge/Programme Specialist, UN Women and Mr. Richard Hanley High Commissioner of Canada delivered opening remarks. Photo: UN Women/Sharon Carter-Burke

UN Women MCO Caribbean launched a series of dialogues across the CARICOM region on men as partners to realise gender equality, with the hosting of a masculinities and gender equality workshop (09-10 March 2015) at UN House Barbados in partnership with the Government of Canada.

Men were drawn from various disciplines including activists, community and social workers, peer group advisers and members of the local men’s organisation participated in the sessions.

The workshop focussed on:

  • Engaging in critical reflections on personal meanings of masculinities and its constructions.
  • Developing an enhanced understanding of meanings of masculinity and its reinforcement in Barbadian communities
  • Understanding the connection between masculinities, power imbalances and forms of gender injustice, namely violence against women and girls
  • Identifying personal steps, commitments and measures to promote gender equality

The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Peter Weller, Chairman of the regional Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) which aims to bring together men and organisations throughout the Caribbean engaged in work with and for men, and Dr. Tracie Rogers who has wide experience using participatory approaches to work with men and boys around gender equality and ending violence against women and girls. Both facilitators work with UN Women in developing group-based psycho-educational intervention tools for young men and women with a view to strengthening community-based prevention of gender based violence. One outcome being explored is the establishment of a Barbados chapter of CariMAN.