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Men an integral part of Modern Gender Equality, says the report

Men's role in Gender equality

Gender equality can be achieved when both women and men actively work towards that goal together. This approach is known as conscious leadership, and it involves men taking an active role in closing the gender gap. Recent data from Time’s M.A.L.E. Report shows that many men are already championing women in their day-to-day work, and a majority believe that both genders are equally willing to discuss gender equality. Furthermore, more than half of men surveyed believe that workplaces should do more to eliminate biases in the workplace.

Let’s not restrict it to only women

To create a modern equality guide that benefits everyone, it is crucial to involve both men and women at the table. Gender parity is not just a “women’s issue” but a human one. Men genuinely care about this cause and want to be part of the solution. However, the research also reveals that only 38% of men have regular conversations related to gender equality. To address this, efforts must be made to get men more engaged in discussions.

A diverse group of C-suite men was recently brought together to speak on topics that women don’t often hear executive men talking about, such as sharing care responsibilities at home, raising the next generation of conscious leaders, and reproductive rights. These men were given a safe and inclusive space to discuss their views and attitudes on gender equality openly. The discussions were characterized by vulnerability, humility, and a willingness to shift the prevailing narrative.

Results of the research

The research highlighted that becoming a father significantly influences men’s attitudes towards gender equality. Fatherhood seems to unlock a caregiving spirit within men, making them more vulnerable, empathetic, and caring. This transformation at home often leads to a shift in how they lead at work, embracing qualities that were traditionally not associated with masculinity.

The pandemic also played a role in altering men’s attitudes towards care and family responsibilities. Many men realized the importance of being more involved in sharing household and caretaking duties. Flexibility and active involvement in family life became essential aspects for these men.

Reproductive rights emerged as another critical topic in gender equality discussions. Many men supported reproductive healthcare as a human right and showed strong support for women in their lives who faced unwanted or unhealthy pregnancies. However, some men admitted uncertainty about their place in the conversation, indicating the need for further involvement and action.

The right steps for a gender equal world

To progress towards gender equality, workplaces must take steps to include more men in the conversation and encourage them to turn good intentions into intentional actions. This can be achieved through policies that promote equal opportunities for men to share care responsibilities at home, normalize conversations about gender equality within leadership (especially among men), and encourage leaders to lead with vulnerability and empathy.

Open conversations in the workplace foster a culture of safety, security, and belonging. It allows people to share their experiences and vulnerabilities, fostering a sense of liberation and leading to more meaningful connections. By involving both men and women at the table and addressing complex issues like the gender gap together, we can create a culture that promotes diversity and inclusivity, allowing everyone to thrive as leaders, regardless of their gender. This positive change will not only benefit our current generation but also lay a strong foundation for future generations to grow up with a more inclusive understanding of leadership and equality.

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