New book: Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (March 2015)

Men’s roles in building gender equality are on the public agenda. Across the globe, there are growing efforts to engage men and boys in building more equitable relations with women and girls. Programs that engage men have proliferated in fields such as violence prevention, sexual and reproductive health, parenting, education, and work. The last decade has seen the emergence of national and global campaigns, initiatives by international agencies, and scholarly research. The book Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality brings together key discussions and evaluations of this field.

The book came out of the 2012 conference hosted by the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) at the University of Wollongong.

Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality is intended to contribute to the positive impact of efforts to engage men in progress towards gender equality. Some chapters explore the promise and problems of this work. Other chapters explore how to understand men and masculinities – how to make sense of the meanings we give to manhood, the lives men lead, and the changing patterns of men’s and women’s relations. The book offers a timely examination of an area of policy, programming, and research which is growing rapidly.

Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality is edited by Michael Flood, with Richard Howson. The book is of interest to a wide range of researchers, advocates, educators, professionals, and others from universities, governments, local and international organisations, and community agencies.

You can buy the book directly from the publishers at Please also consider ordering the book for your university or other institution.


Flood, M., with R. Howson (eds.) (2015). Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.


Chapter One: Men and Gender Equality / Michael Flood
Part I: Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice
Chapter Two: The Uses and Abuses of the Political Category of “Men”: Activism, Policy and Theorising / Jeff Hearn
Chapter Three: Disengaging Men from Patriarchy: Rethinking the Man Question in Masculinity Studies / Bob Pease
Chapter Four: Undressing Patriarchy in the Male Order Development Encounter / Jerker Edström
Part II: Engaging Men in Ending Men’s Violence Against Women
Chapter Five: Involving Men in Gender Equality: Charting Dangerous Waters /Stephen Fisher
Chapter Six: Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: A Toolkit for Action / Abu Sufian
Chapter Seven: Endless Journey to Engage Men in Ending Violence Against Women in Nusa Tengarra, Indonesia / Nur Hasyim
Chapter Eight: At the Border of the Gender Abyss: Discussing Masculinity and Feminicide in Ciudad Juarez / Veronica Oxman
Chapter Nine: ‘Nothing Is Clear Now’: Negotiating Equality and Colonialism through the Lives of Twelve Acehnese Men / Davie Duriesmith
Chapter Ten: “No Man is Allowed to be Vulnerable”: Fitting the Rape of Men in Armed Conflict into the Wartime Sexual Violence Paradigm / Sara Meger
Part III: Health
Chapter Eleven: Involving Men in Reproductive Responsibilities: An Indonesian Muslim Context / Rachmad Hidayat
Chapter Twelve: Risky Masculinities: Exploring the Relationship between Young Men, Hegemonic Masculinity, and Risky Practice / Adam Rogan
Part IV: Work And Workplaces
Chapter Thirteen: Resistance to Gender Equality at Work: Discursive Practices of Estonian Male Managers / Kadri Aavik
Chapter Fourteen: Working With a New Vision of Gender in Mining / Dean Laplonge
Chapter Fifteen: Gendering Change: How to Engage Men with Women in Building Gender Equality in Masculinist Workplaces / Susan Harwood
Part V: Fathers And Fathering
Chapter Sixteen: Fatherhood and Gender Equality: Lessons from a Study of Absent
Fathers in Johannesburg, South Africa / Mazembo Mavungu
Chapter Seventeen: The Social Construction of Men as Caring Fathers: Implications for Gender Equality / Linda Haas and Graeme Russell
Chapter Eighteen: Making Women Visible in Boys’ Lives / Sarah Epstein
Part VI: Boys And Childcare
Chapter Nineteen: Engaging Boys in Building Gender Equality: Reflections from Primary School Research / Clare Bartholomaeus
Chapter Twenty: Male Kindergarten Teacher Assistants’ Perceptions of Caring Practice: Moving Away from the Misery Rationale to Build Gender Equality in Childcare Education / Leif Askland
Part VII: Negotiating Genders and Sexualities
Chapter Twenty One: “The Problem is that he’s a Man, Not that he’s Bisexual”: Women Discussing Bi-Masculinities and Bi-Misogyny / Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Chapter Twenty Two: A Declaration of Caring: Towards Ecological Masculinism / Paul M. Pulé
Chapter Twenty Three: Challenging Male Supremacy in Practice / Alan Greig, Gaurav Jashnani and R.J. Maccani