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.
We would very much appreciate feedback on this guide – both if you will use the guide in your own context or if you will draw inspiration from it by reading it. Click this link to give your feedback.
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.
The IMAGINE Toolkit contains best practice, exercises and lessons learned from the IMAGINE project in 2018. Download it here.
Annual report 2017
2017 was truly a breakthrough year. The stories from the revolutionary movement #metoo got under our skin and many men had a chance to absorb, reflect and do some soul-searching about themselves and their actions. Also, in Sweden, a lot of men wanted to do something about it. MÄN had to rise to the challenge of harnessing and facilitating that change. We were able to appear in media debates and showcase our work of engaging men and boys, which in turn led to many getting in touch with us and wanting to do something immediately. The results speak for themselves: We tripled our membership numbers, six new local groups started and during the year we got over 6500 new followers on our social media platforms! Read more about this, and our other ongoing initiativ, in Sweden and the world, in our annual report.
Annual Report 2016
Our Annual Report 2016 (English version) gives an overview of MÄN’s activities in 2016. We networked internationally from Sarajevo to Vancouver, set up more fathers’ groups in Belarus and worked to prevent men’s violence in Russia. Back home, our political lobbying work paid off, the Killfrågor chat hit new records and our local members reached out to school students. On top of that, our secretariat continued expanding and we rebranded with a new website, new graphic profile and a bold, shorter name: MÄN.
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.