Research: How to effectively engage men to build support for women’s leadership in the Pacific  

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A new research paper exploring effective ways to engage men to build support for women’s leadership in the Pacific has revealed the importance of working more intentionally with men and creating space for critical reflection on privilege, among other findings.

‘Approaches to engaging men in support of women’s leadership in the Pacific’ is published today by Women Leading and Influencing (WLI) and co-authored by La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security and Social Change staff Elisabeth Jackson, Serena Ford and Alex Gyles together with Pacific experts Mercy Masta and Sarah Garap.

The report brings together insights from both Pacific and global efforts and highlights practical ways individuals and organisations can effectively engage men in gender equality efforts, as well as potentially counter-productive approaches.

About the research paper

Gender inequality has been a key concern of Pacific governments, civil society and development organisations, particularly given high rates of gender-based violence in many countries, low levels of women’s representation in politics, and other gender inequalities.  

While organisations working on these issues have developed principles for engaging with men and promising practices are beginning to emerge, there is still very little practical guidance on how those wanting to work with men can do so in ways that are most effective in bringing about lasting change in men’s attitudes and behaviours.

Alongside an in-depth literature review, the paper’s authors spoke with Pacific experts and practitioners whose work includes engaging with men to address gender-based violence and gender equality in the Pacific as well as alumni of the Women's Developmental Leadership Program.  

Key findings

Key findings of the research paper include that:

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The complete research paper (PDF) is available to download through the resources page and via the button below.  

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