A toolkit for male role models

How men in Iraq are becoming actors for feminist change

Over the past decade, there has been an increased interest in ‘engaging men’ in advancing gender equality in humanitarian and development contexts, framed as ‘the other side of the gender coin’. In Iraq there is a disposition for change, particularly among the younger generation. However, male role models for feminist change tackle obstacles not only within themselves but also in their social environment.

In Iraq, decades of armed conflict and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria occupation, compounded by multiple humanitarian crises, disintegrated whole communities and undermined their traditional social norms in different ways. In parallel, inter-generational shifts and changes related to modernization, exposure to emergency and development programms led by international agencies have generated a certain disposition for change and opened up new ways of cooperation between women and men.

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