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Base programmes around a conceptual framework on men, masculinities and gender relations

Last edited: October 30, 2010

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Programmes should be based on an understanding of the different notions of what it means to be a man (masculinities) in different cultural contexts and how these definitions may contribute to gender inequality, discrimination and violence against women and girls. Understanding masculinities helps explain how these socially constructed ideals of manhood affect men’s attitudes, perceptions and behaviours and how these relate to the dynamics between men and women in a society and the use of violence. Having this conceptual framework is crucial to designing programmes and ensuring more effective outcomes.

Skip to the programme planning and design section to learn more about developing a conceptual framework.