Prendergast, Patrick; Grace, Hylton
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Bringing the male voice to the gender agenda: The task of male organizations in the Caribbean
Date of Publication
2 & 3
Errol Millerís theory of male marginalization has been used to justify every conceivable position on the role and value of men in Caribbean development including their underperformance in education, family life, leadership and empowerment of women. The authors argue that an over concentration on male marginalization as a direct relation to the empowerment of women has diminished the efforts of many male organizations in confronting issues of masculinities and manhood, such as violence, increased misogynist behavior and raising our boys. The contribution of the Caribbean man in dealing with the consequences of what Barry Chavannes calls, a demographic shift in which women have opted for professional development and advancement and the shift towards more public display of the nurturing role of men, is largely undervalued. This paper surveys the many menís organizations working with men and women in promoting gender equity and equality across the Caribbean and introduced the recent efforts of the MAN (Male Action Network) Initiative, supported by the CIDA Gender Equity Fund, in brining at providing opportunities for bringing the male perspective, voice and issues to the gender agenda.....