Date: 3-4 September 2020, Tallinn
Despite the continuous efforts, achieving real gender equality is still an unmet challenge all over the world and in many areas of life. To achieve full gender equality, there is a critical need for active contribution by both women and men.
The importance of men’s and boys’ active participation and responsibility as actors of change for gender equality and their role as co-beneficiaries of gender equality policies is widely acknowledged in principle. However, this general awareness is not backed up by long-term commitments and initiatives very often. Organisation of the 5th ICMEO is inspired by an ambition to give further impetus for taking decisive steps towards achieving gender equality and for developing such commitment and action.
At the Tallinn conference we seek to provide a space for furthering discussions and learning from each other’s experiences on topics ranging from caring to toxic masculinities. In this framework, we are addressing issues such as men’s responsibility to care for oneself, care for others and care for the well-being and sustainability of societies, including the promotion of gender equality. Both the challenges and the promising practices covering these topics will be discussed in both panel and workshop formats, involving a range of stakeholders, among them policymakers, researchers and activists.
The 5th ICMEO is organised by the Equality Policies Department of the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and European Institute for Gender Equality. It is a follow-up from the previous conferences held in Germany (2012), Austria (2014), Luxembourg (2016) and Sweden (2018). The general aim of this series of conferences is to address both the issues of involving more men in promoting gender equality and of gender-specific challenges men face, including due to restrictive gender norms.