Images of Caring Men in Dhaka
Ordinary men who cook, clean, help their wives, parents, siblings, take care of children and the elderly everyday as an integral part of their lives - the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) under BIGD, BRAC University is organizing a photo exhibition titled, “Images of Caring Men” in partnership with ActionAid Bangladesh and Dhaka Art Centre at the Dhaka Art Centre from 23- 28 August, 2014.
Titled ‘BhinnoRupePurush’ the exhibition showcases images of those men from all over Bangladesh who challenge our notions about masculinity by caring for their families in performing tasks generally considered as ‘women’s work.’ The images were captured by 21 photographers, both professional and amateur. This first of its kind photo exhibition in Bangladesh contains over 90 photos and two videos. The exhibition aims to draw attention to the fact that unpaid care work is an important concern for the country. In most families, women and girls perform unpaid care work. They spend an average of six hours every day, amounting to about 2190 hours on an average in a year. The demand for care at home limits women and girl’s time for engaging in full time employment, continuing education, getting jobs that require travel or longer hours, having time for leisure. The photos show that women are able to achieve much more if men in their lives care.
Demographic changes have led to an increase in the number of elderly and young people who need care. The increase in nuclear households in rural and urban areas as well as the rise in female labour force participation and migration has meant that traditional caregivers (women and extended family members) may not be present when the need for child/elderly and disabled care rises. The photos are stories and images of love, affection, care, and nurturing that challenge our very ideas about: men’s work; women’s role and work; what everydayexpressions of love look like; and why unpaid care work and masculinity are issues that we need to think about.
Marching towards the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium - Nepal Chapter
As part of the build up process for the 2nd MenEngage global Symposium 2014 to be held in Delhi, a two day symposium was held in Kathmandu. The two day symposium also released the Kathmandu Declaration on the agenda of the role of men and boys in the struggle for gender equality and took a joint decision of adopting certain strategy and plans for the next 2-3 years in Nepal. The Kathmandu Symposium is one of the main events being organised on regional level to draw out key concerns and challenges of working against gender violence and advocating gender justice especially with men and boys within the South Asian Region. Read more