Resources

Here you can read and download the latest MÄN publications – from our Annual Report to discussion papers and advocacy reports. Stay tuned for future publications!

Reflective Group Guide for Men

This guide was produced in the fall of 2017 in response to the #metoo movement. The purpose of the guide is to make it easier for men to have group conversations about questions of masculinity. Our material is based on five meetings with different themes.

We in the Swedish feminist organisation MÄN have extensive experience in using conversations to get men to initiate change. This material is built on tested methods that we’ve used for over 20 years in different forms, and it has many times led to positive results. Simultaneously, the package in its whole is something entirely new. We have tried to gather MÄN’s knowledge on how to build safe spaces/groups and conversations by gathering feedback from fathers groups, voluntary groups, education groups, and reflective groups. Many men have seen how these groups have changed their lives, improved relationships, and made other actions in everyday life better as well.

This guide is a direct translation from Swedish into English and is not adapted for international contexts, i.e. references mentioned in the guide are all Swedish, but they can serve as an inspiration to look for similar references in your context.

The English version of the guide is based on an update of our guide from fall 2018.

When using the material described here, you will notice which parts work well and which parts need some adjustments in order to work well for you, your group and your context.

Reflective Groups Guide MÄN

Men in the climate crisis – a prototype for pilot testing

Many men are worried and care about the climate crisis. And we also know from research that men as a group have a negative impact on the environment to a greater extent than women. Men also more often deny environmental problems and climate threats or even actively counter people (mostly girls and women) and organizations trying to do something about them. At the same time, it is usually men who are the political decision-makers or business leaders who control and own almost all the resources in the world. This makes the climate crisis one of the most powerful manifestations of gender inequality in our time and is ultimately about everyone's survival.

How does it relate to masculinity norms? How can they change?

How can gender equality be part of the solution? How can more men care for people and planet together with others?

MÄN has during 2019 developed a prototype material "Men in the climate crisis" in close collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology and the Permaculture garden Under Tallars (Under the Pine Trees) in Sweden. It is a guide for reflective groups for men and is currently pilot tested in Sweden and other countries. It is translated into English and Russian. Contact vidar.vetterfalk@mfj.se if you are interested in the pilot testing – by joining an online group or start your own group.

Download it here

The Reflective Group Guide for Men described in the top of this page is named “#aftermetoo” because we mean that there is a before and an after when it comes to #metoo. Now men can no longer say "we don't know". In the same way, we call this prototype guide "Men in the climate crisis", because we mean that men no longer can say that we do not know that we are in such a crisis. The two guides build on each other and this prototype should be done after the first four sessions of the #aftermetoo material.

Men, Masculinity and #MeToo

This report explores how #MeToo was received in the Nordic countries, with a specific focus on reactions and responses from men. Looking at Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland, the report aims at describing some of the trends and challenges identified by organizations committed to ending gender-based violence through diverse forms of work with men and masculinities. Download it here.

IMAGINE Toolkit

The IMAGINE Toolkit contains best practice, exercises and lessons learned from the IMAGINE project in 2018. Download it here.

Paper: Men, Masculinities and Climate Change

Men, Masculinities and Climate Change is a discussion paper written in collaboration between MÄN and our partner organisations Promundo, Sonke Gender Justice, Centre ANNA and the MenEngage Global Alliance. It analyses masculinity in patriarchal systems, to illustrate how men and boys’ multiple roles perpetuate environmental degradation. The paper lists suggestions on how men, women and people of all genders can work together on climate change. When we see the link between masculinity and the environment, we are one step closer to creating an ecologically sustainable society for future generations.

Report: State of the World’s Fathers

State of the World’s Fathers is an advocacy report published in 2015 by MenCare. It provides a global overview of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving. Focus areas are sharing unpaid care work, violence prevention, child development and child health. The report is based on data from hundreds of international studies. It includes policy recommendations to governments, employers and individuals.

In 2017 a new report was launched, following up on the previous State of the World´s Fathers.  The 2017 State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action report lays out a bold agenda for men and boys doing fully 50 percent of the world’s unpaid care work.

Read more here about the MenCare campaign, of which MÄN is a part.