#InvolveMen Seminar on Men and Gender Equality
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Date: 19 11 2019
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Venue: House of Cities, Municipalities and Regions, square de Meeûs 1, Meeting room first floor, 1000 Brussels

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) and the Association of Basque Municipalities (EUDEL) are delighted to invite you to a seminar on men and gender equality that will explore initiatives aimed at involving boys and men to challenge and transform restrictive male norms.

What are the main areas of intervention to promote changes concerning men and boys which can contribute to gender equality goals? What can local and regional governments (LRGs) and national associations of LRGs do to raise awareness and increase gender equality by targeting men and boys? How to involve public officials as change agents in their workplace? In relationships with the users of public services? In service delivery?

This event, organised in the framework of CEMR’s gender equality action plan, will address these questions in order to fuel a wider strategic approach to gender equality policies. A selection of good practices from local and regional governments and their representative associations will be presented to demonstrate the positive impact of engaging men in gender equality work. During the small group discussions, gaps and policy needs will be identified with participants and subsequently addressed by the panel of experts.

Draft programme

14:00-14:05 Welcome by Emil Broberg, Chair, CEMR Standing Committee for Gender Equality, Councillor of the region of Östergötland

14:05-14:45 Lecture by Sandy Ruxton, Independent Policy Advisor and Researcher in the field of men, masculinity and gender equality

14:45-15:30 Examples of best practice from local and regional level, targeting masculinity norms and/or involving boys and men in gender equality work

•Video 1: Support talks for fathers – Lomma, Sweden
•Gizonduz project on masculinities: 10-year anniversary raising awareness among men, presented by Ander Bergara, Chief of Institutional Cooperation, Basque Institute for Women (EMAKUNDE)
•Video 2: Violence prevention in the classroom – Västerås, Sweden
•Men in Health and Care – Trondheim municipality, Norway presented by Marit Tovsen, Senior Adviser at KS

15:30-16:15 World café, where participants break into 6 small groups (10-12 people each) to address specific topics. 3 rounds of 15 minutes each, giving the possibility for participants to visit 3 tables/topics in total.

16:15-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:15 Expert panel to address questions raised in during the World Café

17:15-17:30 Closing remarks and adoption of statement

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