“Role of men in gender equality” is the title of a new EU-wide study which is conducted by L&R Social Research in a consortium with Dissens (Germany, Berlin), INBAS (Belgium, Brussels) and abz*austria (Austria, Vienna). The study aims to identify the different roles of men in the gender equality process in the EU: what framework conditions favour men’s political commitment to gender equality and a gender-equality oriented behaviour?
For this purpose the following three areas will be analyzed:
Renowned European researchers from the fields of men’s and gender studies form the core research team that will examine this subject: Jeff Hearn (University of Linköping, Sweden, and Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland), Øystein Gullvåg Holter (Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo), Majda Hrzeniak (Peace Institute, Ljubljana), Elli and Christian Scambor (Männerberatung Graz), Sophia Belghiti-Mahut (Université de Montpellier).
In addition, national experts from all EU and EFTA countries provide an overview of the current state of male participation in the respective countries as well as examples of good practice. For the first time research into how men can be successfully mobilized for the cause of gender equality will be done on a Europe-wide scale.
Within this Europe-wide study, L&R Social Research will be responsible for project leadership and management (together with Dissens, Berlin) and the preparation of data from all over the EU in order to show by means of a European comparison how gender equality in terms of male participation can be assessed in the different EU and EFTA countries.
This study will be framed by three workshops and a final conference, which will promote the identification of practice-relevant recommendations for the participation of men in equality issues through a discussion of the results with politicians, NGOs, social partners and experts.
Team: Nadja Bergmann, Ferdinand Lechner
Client: European Commission