Privilege Under Pressure: The State of Men in the Arab Region
Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor-in-chief, Arabic daily Rai-al-Youm
Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo; Lead Researcher, Understanding Masculinities: International Men and Gender Equality Survey, Middle East and North Africa
Shereen El Feki, Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House; Lead Researcher, Understanding Masculinities: International Men and Gender Equality Survey, Middle East and North Africa
Chair: Kareem Shaheen, Middle East Reporter, Beirut, The Guardian
What does it mean to be a man in the Arab world today? There are plenty of stereotypes in media coverage that have seemingly carried over into policymaking in many countries but what is the reality? Men are the pillars of dominant patriarchies across the region yet, paradoxically, relatively little is known about how they see their own lives, the lives of women or the changing world around them.
This event will draw on the findings of a new report, Understanding Masculinities: International Men and Gender Equality Survey, Middle East and North Africa, which is the first study of its kind to explore in detail the personal lives of men in the Arab region. The 10,000 men and women across Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine (including Gaza) who participated in the study confirm some stereotypes but confound many others.
The panellists will present findings from this research, speak of the personal experiences of men's and women's roles and rights in the region and look at "Arab unexceptionalism" - how the lives of men in the Middle East and North Africa compare to those around the world. They will end by exploring what these findings mean for men and women in the region and how the findings might better inform domestic policy as well as foreign policies towards the region.