The Men’s Network in Brighton & Hove is sending a joint letter to the UK government on behalf of more than 80 groups working with men and boys to mark International Men’s Day 2011
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TO THE UK EQUALITIES MINISTER, LYNNE FEATHERSTONE MP
I am sending you this letter on behalf of more than 80 people from groups working with men and boys of different ages, abilities, social backgrounds, races, religions, sexualities, gender identities, marital status and parental status from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In the run up to International Men’s Day on Saturday 19th November 2011, we invite the Government to consider placing a greater focus on the issues that men and boys face.
We recognise that there are many male voices in parliament, but there are very few male or female voices highlighting the specific needs of men and boys in the UK.
There are now many areas where men and boys are showing up unequally such as health, fatherhood, education, criminal justice and community safety – and we believe that any effort to ensure equality for all in the UK needs to consider the specific needs of men and boys and how to address them.
There is now a growing network of individuals and organisations in the UK which is concerned with addressing these issues, which came together for the First National Conference for Men and Boys in Brighton & Hove on 1st November 2011.
We all have our own specific areas of interest and many different ideas about how best we can improve men and boys’ access to and outcomes from public services.
What unites us is a commitment to help every boy to reach his full potential as a man and to improve the way the world works for every man, woman, girl and boy in the UK in the process.
The Government has already consulted with women and women’s groups on how government engages with and listens to women and we welcome this.
Will the Government also undertake to consult with men and men’s groups about how it can respond more effectively to the specific needs of men and boys in the UK?
We look forward to your reply
With Best Regards
Strategic Director, The Men’s Network
UK Co-ordinator for International Men’s Day 2011