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The 5th International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities: Men who care

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.

While 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 has become more frequently acknowledged in principle, this general awareness is not very often backed up by long-term commitments and initiatives. Organisation of the 5th ICMEO was 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 sought 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, 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, were addressed. Both the challenges and the promising practices covering these topics were discussed in both panel and workshop formats, involving a range of stakeholders, among them policymakers, researchers and activists.

The 5th ICMEO was 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 was 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.

For more information, please contact: 

Käthlin Sander
Equality Policies Department
Ministry of Social Affairs
[email protected]



Presentations and videos

Opening session

Minister of Social Affairs, Estonia

Minister for Food, Fisheries and Equal Opportunities and Minister for Nordic Cooperation; Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2020

High-level addresses

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Luxembourg

Franziska Giffey, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany

Susanne Raab, Federal Minister for Women and Integration, Austria

Rudolf Anschober, Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria

Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden

Keynote speech

Kadri Aavik

Panel 1

State policies supporting active fatherhood

Nikki van der Gaag

Panel discussion: Jens Karberg (MÄN), Christine Aumayr-Pintar (Eurofound), Véronique De Baets (Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men), Carla Tavares (CITE), Nikki van der Gaag (Promundo)

Panel 2

Preventing and countering gender-based cyber violence, online hate speech and anti-gender/misogynistic online-movements

Christian Mogensen

Panel discussion: Michael Flood (Queensland University of Technology), Christoph May (Hetox Magazine, Detox Masculinity Network), Iris Luarasi (Counselling Line for Men and Boys, Albania), Tuija Saresma (University of Jyväskylä), Seán Cooke (Men`s Development Network), Sam de Boise (Örebro University), Christian Mogensen (Danish Center for Digital Youth Care)

Panel 3

Men caring for environmentally sustainable societies

Martin Hultman

Panel discussion: Bob Pease (Deakin University, University of Tasmania), Marina García Alonso (European Commission), Kadri Aavik (Tallinn University), Martin Hultman (Chalmers University of Technology)

Panel 4

State commitment to promoting gender equality with and for men

Gary Barker

Panel discussion: Ralph Kass (Luxembourgish Ministry of Equality Between Women and Men), Katharina Greszczuk (German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth), Karin Strandås (Swedish Ministry of Employment), Charles Ramsden (Council of Europe), Lopa Banerjee (Generation Equality Forum, UN Women), Gary Barker (Promundo)

Workshop 1

Men sharing the burden of professional care work

Bocconi University

 European Institute for Gender Equality

Dissens - Institute for Education and Research

Catarina Lindahl-Petäjä, Health- and social care College in Kronoberg

American Association for Men in Nursing

Workshop 2

Active fathering and shared parenting

Stockholm University and Uppsala University

University of Lincoln


Foundation Tēvi

Fathering Japan

Workshop 3

Primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Täterarbeit Häusliche Gewalt

Slovenian Association for Nonviolent Communication

WWP European Network


Workshop 4

Men, masculinities and ageing  

Goethe University Frankfurt

School of Public Health, Kyoto University

University of Castilla-La Mancha

Meeste Garaaž

Lancaster University

Workshop 5

Men promoting gender equality

Troy Roderick, Male Champions of Change


UN Women Germany

Conference Rapporteurs` conclusions and recommendations

Örebro University

Closing remarks

Director, European Institute for Gender Equality

Liina Kanter, Head of Equality Policies Department, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs

Viimati uuendatud 24.08.2022