Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on engaging men and boys in engaging men and boys in promoting and achieving gender equality, in the context of eliminating violence against women

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 35/10 of the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is requested to submit a report to review promising practices, lessons learned, existing strategies and initiatives to engage men and boys in promoting and achieving gender equality, in particular efforts to challenge gender stereotypes and the negative social norms, attitudes and behaviours that underlie and perpetuate violence against women and girls. The report has been submitted for the consideration of the Human Rights Council at its thirty-eighth session.

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In preparation of this report the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has requested all United Nations Member States, the United Nations Children’s Fund, other relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, relevant special procedure mandate holders, regional organizations and human rights bodies, national human rights institutions and civil society, including children themselves, to submit information in response to the following questions for the preparation of this report:

  1. What are the concrete steps your Government has taken, at normative, institutional and programme levels, to engage men and boys in promoting and achieving gender equality and challenge gender stereotypes and the negative social norms, attitudes and behaviours that underlie and perpetuate violence against women and girls? You may wish to refer to various aspects of such effort indicated in the operational paragraphs 9 and 10 of the resolution. Please also elaborate on the impact these steps have had.
  2. What are the challenges that your Government faces, at normative, institutional programme levels, in engaging men and boys in promoting and achieving gender equality, in particular efforts to challenge gender stereotypes and the negative social norms, attitudes and behaviours that underlie and perpetuate violence against women and girls? Please elaborate on the nature of these challenges and the steps taken to address them.
  3. Are women and girls, including women’s rights organizations, involved in the efforts by your Government to engage men and boys in promoting and achieving gender equality, in particular efforts to challenge gender stereotypes and the negative social norms, attitudes and behaviours that underlie and perpetuate violence against women and girls?
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Member States

International organisations

Multisector partnerships

National human rights institutions

Civil society and others