Welcome to a 'gender mender' - the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 - Men and Boys for Gender Justice, to be held in New Delhi from 10-13 November.
7 tracks of conversation
The Symposium is arranged around 7 themes. They are called ‘Tracks’. Know more about the seven tracks.
5 months long interaction
The overall theme of the Symposium is ‘Men and Boys for Gender Justice.’ It encompasses a holistic approach to understanding masculinities in different domains in a globalizing world. If we want to create a world which allows everyone equal opportunity and space, it is time to come together and decide how. On the lynch pin of the seven tracks activities, discussions, film screenings, photo exhibitions et al will be panning out across scores of cities in India, South Asia and many countries around the globe.
4 days of dialogue
We like to think of the 4 day Symposium as a gender mender. Here’s why:
1 bit of background
1 bit of background is in order. For this symposium isn’t a bolt from the blue:
It was at the first International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994, that a need was expressed to imbue the development process with gender concerns.
At the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, conference Secretary-General Gertrude Mongella stated in her inaugural address that it was, ‘now the turn of men to join women in their struggle for equality.’
The first Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality was held in Rio de Janeiro in March 2009, with the theme ‘Going to Scale’. It in articulating, operationalising and scaling up work to engage men in gender equality.
There is now a clear acknowledgement of the need to integrate work with men and boys in a wide range of development interventions, including maternal health, child care and protection of child rights and family planning, not to mention in societies recovering from the violence of war.