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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This book is an attempt to bring the gender and development debate full
circlefrom a much-needed focus on empowering women to a more comprehensive
gender framework that considers gender as a system that affects both women and
men. The chapters in this book explore definitions of masculinity and male
identities in a variety of social contexts, drawing from experiences in Latin
America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. It draws on a slowly emerging
realization that attaining the vision of gender equality will be difficult, if
not impossible, without changing the ways in which masculinities are defined
and acted upon. Although changing male gender norms will be a difficult and
slow process, we must begin by understanding how versions of masculinities are
defined and acted upon.