Voices 4 Change programme (V4C) Nigeria aims to strengthen the enabling environment for the empowerment of adolescent girls and women in Nigeria. Funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by a palladium-led consortium, the programme is targeted adolescent girls and women and those around them, particularly boys, men and traditional and religious formal and informal institutions. The goal of working with these stakeholders and institutions is to facilitate a desired shift in negative and stereotypical attitudes and behaviours towards girls and women, and create an enabling environment for positive gender relations and peaceful co-existence.
On the 19th November, 2015 Voices 4 Change lunch the Landmark Research Report title
BEING A MAN IN NIGERIA: Realities and Perceptions, in Asaa Pyramid Hotel Kaduna
MOBILIZATION FOR EMPOERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (MEDAN) finds this report useful tool for all Nigerians and will like to give a summary about it.
The report is divided into six sections:
Section 1: What it means to be a man in Nigeria: perceptions. This section explores the perceptions of masculinity and femininity and how they underpin inequitable ideas regarding relationships between men and women and rigid roles in the home and community. It also explores counter views and minority voices that support gender equitable relationships.
Section 2: Realities for being a man in Nigeria. This section considers the realities that women and men face in terms of their own behavior, the relationship with each other and their roles in the home and community. It also looks at the support and sanctions men face when they transgress the perceived 'ideal' of masculinity.
Section 3: Factors influencing perceptions and behaviours. This section explores how the following for factors contribute to reinforcing and challenging dominant perceptions of masculinity: living in conflict, the media, religion and the home and school environments.
Section 4: Impact of negative masculinities on men. This section highlights the effects of trying the failing to live up to social 'ideals' of male and female behavior toward men's mental and physical health, their relationships with women and how masculinities drive conflict and violence at community level. This section also considers the possible benefits of equitable relationships.
Section 5: Efforts promoting gender equitable attitudes and practices. This section presents examples of gender equitable behaviours and attitudes as well as efforts to promote peaceful and equitable masculinities at individual and community levels.
Section 6: Conclusion and Recommendations. This section presents conclusions and recommendations for researchers. Programmers, activists and policymakers.
Voices 4 Change hopes the report will prove an important source of evidence for Nigeria activities, policymakers, researchers, religious and traditional institutions and others. It aims to contribute towards work with men and boys, women and girls, and Nigerian communities to promote a thriving, equitable, gender –just future in Nigeria.
For more details visit: www.v4c-nigeria.com
COMMENT OF THE FOUNDER/ CEO OF MEDAN
As a result of attending the report lunch, my perception toward women has changed" initially i dont allow my wife in decision making in the house and also being the president of all Offa youth in Kaduna state i dont welcome any suggestion from female executives, but after the lunch i now welcome idea from my wife and my female executives, this now bring progress into my matrimonial home and my leadership" Isiaka Shittu Dayo
Some of the cake MEDAN Student Make During there Graduation ceremory
A student of MEDAN making a presentatation of what has learned so far and what he has done, achieve in the electrical installations on his gradution day
students of MEDAN at there fish farming training site showing students on how to make best practice.