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The cover image of the 2015 ‘Being a Man in Nigeria’ report, published by Voices for Change, Nigeria

What does is it mean to be a man in Nigeria? What is the potential value of working with men towards gender equality?

What are the most effective strategies that we can use to mobilise together? What do gender-equitable masculinities look like?


Engaging Men in Nigeria towards Gender Equality

March 2017

In this collection:


What are the key concepts relating to gender norms and masculinity? What broad trends drive and constrain progress towards gender equality? Why should men and boys should be engaged in gender equality work?

Perceptions vs Realities

How do men themselves perceive what it means to be a man in Nigeria? How do those perceptions contribute to unequal gender power relationships? What are the gaps between men’s perceptions and the realities? When they fail to live up to such perceptions or expectations of particular genders, how does this impact on men and women, boys and girls?

Key Issues

What is the evidence of men’s and boys’ actual roles and behaviours, and their impact on gender equality? The first group of key issues in this Collection focuses on: Unpaid Care and the Paid Economy; on Public and Political Participation; and on Education

Key Issues (continued)

What strategies and interventions that engage men and boys towards gender equality? The second group of key issues in this Collection focuses on: Sexual and Gender Based Violence; on Conflict; on Religious and Traditional Institutions; and on the Media.

Sector by Sector Recommendations

What recommendations should be made to different sectors in society (e.g. The State, The Public and The Private sectors) for further action that should be taken in engaging men and boys in gender equality?

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