Global study finds that better educated men live more gender-equitably

16 December 2014



Men in low and middle income countries are generally positive about gender equality – but their participation in household and caregiving tasks remains low, and levels of intimate partner violence are still high, according to a study published in the Men and Masculinities journal.

The study, co-authored by Gary Barker, international director of Brazil-based NGO Promundo, found that level of education among men is an important predictor of equitable attitudes: those with higher educational attainment had more equitable attitudes than those with less education.

Other factors leading to more equitable attitudes included urbanisation, mothers’ education and gender dynamics in the childhood home.

The research, carried out in countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Mexico, and Rwanda, also found that men with more equitable attitudes were significantly more likely to participate in household tasks and less likely to use violence against a partner.

You can read the article Pathways to Gender-Equitable Men: Findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) on the Promundo website:

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