Our knowledge and experience of how to prevent violence, make parenthood more equal and encourage men and boys to support equality arouses interest and curiosity. Internationally, we engage in both long-term collaborative projects and shorter partnerships, as well as assignments for Swedish and international organisations, authorities and embassies.
MÄN has worked in long-term partnership projects with civil society organisations in other countries for almost two decades. Today, we mainly work in Eastern Europe, where we focus on engaging men to support equality, end violence and take greater responsibility as fathers. We partner with international actors to contribute to holistic efforts to end men's violence against women, including gender transformative and violence preventive work with fathers and adolescents, support to women and children exposed to violence, and work with perpetrators. We also specifically address the issues of prostitution and sexualised exploitation, and the connection between gender equality and environment.
Examples of previous partnerships include an EU-funded tripartite collaboration addressing sexualised harassment and violence through involving young men in Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK to reflect on gendered norms, equality and consent. We have also been partners in a project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to encourage South African, Namibian and Botswanan fathers to take on more responsibility for care work. Over the last years, we have had close contact and exchange with an organisation in Colombia that addresses the link between masculinity and militarisation.
MÄN's international activities are rooted in close partnerships and dialogue. With our international partners, we ensure that core values are shared, help develop each other's expertise and methods, and strengthen accountability and sustainability in efforts to promote equality with a focus on men and masculinities.
MÄN not only engages in long-term partnerships: we also do consulting work and participate in shorter projects with actors around the world. We receive international delegations for shorter or longer study visits and regularly conduct trainings for (and/or in cooperation with) Swedish and international organisations, embassies etc. Ethiopia, Georgia, Kenya, Ukraine, South Korea, Vietnam and Colombia are just some of the countries where MÄN has been engaged. Check out the world map below to view examples of assignments and collaborations MÄN has been engaged in the last few years.
Green Fathers in Russia
We worked with a Russian organisation on a photography exhibition, Green Fathers, with photos of fathers and children showing how Russian fathers want to take responsibility for their children and for the climate. The exhibition was shown in various locations, including Izmailovsky Park in Moscow (2019).
Conference on violence against women
The Swedish Embassy invited Swedish and Russian politicians and community organisations, including MÄN, to meet and discuss men’s violence against women (2019).
Training course on masculinity and the environment in Belarus
In collaboration with a Russian organisation, MÄN held a training course on masculinity norms, equality and the environment for Coalition Clean Baltic’s member organisations in Belarus (2019).
A feminist agenda against men’s violence
MÄN participated in the conference Feminist Agenda against Men’s Violence against Women in Seville, in a panel discussion about getting men involved in the struggle against men’s violence against women (2021).
Seoul, South Korea
Equality and manliness in Seoul
MÄN was invited by the Swedish Embassy in South Korea and the Nordic Council of Ministers to lecture and discuss equality and manliness with Korean equality activists and the Korean media (2018).
New York, USA
Commission on the Status of Women
MÄN’s chair was included as a representative in the Swedish government delegation to the UN’s annual summit in New York on women’s rights, in 2019 and 2021. MÄN has also co-organised events and seminars at the parallel NGO CSW Forum with a focus on sexualised exploitation and men’s demand for women’s bodies (2018–2021).
State of the Nordic Fathers
For the Nordic Council of Ministers, and in collaboration with Promundo, MÄN wrote the report State of the Nordic Fathers, a comparative study of attitudes and views on parenthood and equality in the Nordic countries. The report was presented at a conference in the UN building in Copenhagen (2019).
MenCare Global Meeting
The third global MenCare conference in Morocco brought together organisations from all around the world to advance their positions globally regarding equal parenthood. MÄN presented our work with parenthood and experiences from Sweden and the Nordic region (2019).
#MeToo Moving Forward
International conference in Reykjavík about the effects of #MeToo. MÄN presented our work on involving men in discussions #AfterMeToo (2019).
Roundtable discussion about psychosocial support to men
MÄN lectured on their operations and participated in a roundtable discussion about psychosocial measures aiming to reduce destructive masculinity norms (2018).
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Finland
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, MÄN’s chair was invited by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, to speak and participate in a panel discussion with Finland’s minister for equality (2019)
Making the Invisible Visible
MÄN co-organised and participated in the Nordic MenEngage conference Making the Invisible Visible: Transforming Social Norms among Boys & Men for Gender Justice in Practice (2017).
Work with Perpetrators
At a conference organised by the European Network for the Work against Perpetrators (WWP), MÄN held a seminar on talking with boys and young men who have committed sexual assault (2019).
Georgian visit to Sweden
A delegation of ministers, political functionaries and representatives from organisations in Georgia visited MÄN to learn about how we in Sweden have worked for a more equal parental insurance system and to get fathers involved (2019).
European study visit on prevention of violence
MÄN organised a week-long study visit for organisations from nine European countries (Spain, the UK, Russia, Croatia, Monaco, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Portugal) regarding long-term and systematic work to prevent men’s violence against women (2019).
European study visit on prevention of violence
Representatives from Denmark, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands participated in a level 2 training on systemic violence prevention organised by MÄN. The purpose was for MÄN to contribute to process management for the organisation’s activities in their respective countries (2020).
Sweden, Thailand, Kenya and Colombia
Climate-smart training on equality, the environment and conflict
MÄN organised and participated in a global, but air-travel-free training course in equality, the environment and conflict at the Sida training centre in Härnösand with online participation from regional hubs in Bangkok, Nairobi and Bogotá (2019).
Global Feminist Lab
In 2018, the Swedish Institute invited prominent community organisations to a “laboratory” in Paris to create strategies and action plans for a global feminist agenda.
Training course on accountability in working with men and boys
As coordinator of the MenEngage Europe network, MÄN, alongside MenEngage’s global secretariat, held a three-step training course for the network’s members regarding accountability in working with men and boys (2020).
Regional conference on parenthood in Eastern Europe
MÄN presented experiences from its work for equal parenthood in Sweden at a regional conference arranged by UNFPA Ukraine (2021).
International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities
MÄN participated in a panel focused on parenthood and childcare at the fifth International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities (ICMEO) in Tallinn (2020).
Fatherhood & MenCare meeting
A European meeting in Vienna on parenthood and the global MenCare campaign. MÄN held a workshop on our fathers’ group activities (2019).
Vienna Discussion Forum
MÄN was invited by the Swedish representation in Vienna and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to participate in an expert panel on men’s role in preventing men’s violence against women (2019).
Week of Visibility
Together with several civil society organisations from Sweden, Ireland, Russia, and the US, MÄN co-organised the Week of Visibility to shed light on the issue of sexualised exploitation (2021).
Mysogynist backlash online
MÄN participated in a conference focused on misogynistic radicalisation and backlash online with a presentation of our work in exploring intersectionality and manliness (2020).
On sexualised violence, consent and norms
MÄN was invited by the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC to talk about our work against sexualised violence and for consent in practice and legislation (2018).
On men and childcare in Banja Luka
MÄN was invited by the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo to participate in a panel discussion on Swedish parental insurance and Swedish experiences of getting men involved in parenthood and childcare. The talk was held in the city of Banja Luka in connection with the opening of the photo exhibition Swedish Dads (2018).