Gender equality can only be sustained through broader changes in the social and institutional environment, which includes changing men’s attitude and institutional practices. In response to this, CARE designed the Engaging Men Initiative (EMI) with the aim to challenge conventional gender norms and promote more equitable relationships among men and women. The Engaging Men Initiative worked in the Haor region of northeast Bangladesh.
Through Engaging Men Initiative (EMI), CARE has developed different tools to engage men and boys to the process of women’s empowerment and facilitate the progress to achieve sustainability, such as-EVEM forum, Role model, Forum Theatre, Couple workshop, Youth Sports, Men’s Gathering and Capacity Building. These tools contributed in developing platforms and linkages at the community level where both men and women take part, discuss issues and work together to form solidarity and promote gender equality.
To further and strengthen the concept of engaging men and boys to women’s development and empowerment, a National Lessons Learning Workshop was organized jointly by CARE Bangladesh, Centre for Men and Masculinity Studies (CMMS) and the Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs (MoWCA), Government of Bangladesh on Sunday March 25, 2014 at Hotel Lakeshore, Dhaka. The national workshop was attended by Gonzalo Serrano, Second Secretary, Head of Section- Rural Development, European Union as the chief guest; Dr. Nazmunessa Mahtab, Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka as the special guest; and Md. Ashraf Hossain, Director General of the Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs, Government of Bangladesh as the chairperson.
The “Ordinary Men’s Enactment of Masculinities”, a study report developed by the Centre for Men and Masculinity Studies (CMSS) was presented and shared the findings of the study with participants in the workshop. Experiences were shared organizations undertaking similar kind of initiatives, such as: Plan International, Brave Men campaign, Bangladesh Government’s work on boys and girls, Cholonbeel Network on Grassroots Mobilization and Democracy Watch.
The programme was inaugurated by Alexandra Maclean, Assistant Country Director, CARE Bangladesh. Gonzalo Serrano, Second Secretary, Head of Section- Rural Development, European Union stated how significant it is to engage men and boys in the work of development and empowerment of women. Dr. Nazmunessa Mahtab, Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka said to the workshop participants that empowerment has to come from within. The chairperson of the workshop Md. Ashraf Hossain, Director General of the Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs, Government of Bangladesh mentioned that we have to work together to attain equity first so that we can move forward to achieve equality. Anowarul Haq, Director- Extreme Rural Poverty Program, CARE Bangladesh moderated the national workshop.
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