Men, Gender Equality and Policy Response in India
Centre for Health and Social Justice has been involved in developing models of working with men within a gender equality framework and has documented some success in working with them. At this point in time, CHSJ have embarked on a collaborative research project titled ‘Men and Gender Equality Policy Project’ which attempts to understand the extent to which there is an inclusion of men, in laws and policies aimed towards gender equality.
This is an exploration of a selected five Indian policy to understand their commitment to gender equality and the provisions within it to provide spaces for women and men to jointly contribute towards this goal. Five policy initiatives were carefully analysed for their intent and their implementation. An attempt has been made to interpret the policy and its analysis through the lens of experts, providers, and intended beneficiaries/ citizens as well as by trying to understand its implementation in the field. Report analyses five policy documents that are national in scope, through local and regional in implementation, with the intention of seeing how gender and masculinity are figured in achieving gender equality. In the process, the report, through the representation of men and masculinities, is concerned with the achievement of human rights. The following policy documents in India have been scanned to gauge their response to the issues of gender and masculinities:
The key focus of scan was, as first stage, to explore whether and how these policy documents articulate concerns about gender, equality, human rights and issues of men and masculinities. As a second stage, to conduct mapping of the policy implementation mechanisms at the field level in rural UP (Gorakhpur district) and urban Maharashtra (Pune). As a third component, it was reviewing the broader response and reaction to these policy initiatives within the country.
This is a multi country project which was implemented in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, South Africa and England in addition to India and was coordinated by Promundo, Brazil and International Centre for Research on Women.