A global call to action from Glen Poole, the Good Men Project’s new international men’s movement editor.
Do you care about what happens to the world’s 3.5 billion men and boys?
If so, I want to invite you to join us in a global conversation about the issues that men and boys face in the 21st Century.
As the father of a teenage girl, I’m committed to creating a world where every man, woman, girl and boy can thrive and fulfil their potential. And while I see many great initiatives to help women and girls flourish, it is clear to me that we are falling short when it comes to supporting the other 50% of the world’s population.
The key issues that men and boys face — like poor health, poor education, fatherlessness, lack of role models, suicide and our vulnerability to crime and violence — transcend international boundaries.
These are big social problems that cannot be addressed by any single nation, religion, dogma, political movement or professional practice alone; which is why I believe the world needs an international men’s movement.
In some ways this movement already exists in the hearts of men and women who take action to improve the lives of men and boys all over the world. And yet few of us would define ourselves as belonging to a single global movement.
My aim as editor of The Good Men Project’s international men’s movement section will be to provide a new platform for people all over the globe to engage in conversations by men, about men and for men.
There will be no political or philosophical restrictions on who can be part of this conversation. Our contributors could be progressive or conservative, religious or secular, feminist or non-feminist.
The criteria for inclusion as contributor will be that you are committed to improving the lives of men and boys; happy to join the conversation in a constructive way and more interested in finding out what unites us, than focusing on what divides us.
Our next step is to build a community of writers, experts and commentators who want to take part in this international conversation from one of three perspectives:
1. Regional Contributors who can offer expertise from different regions of the world. We welcome contributions from non-English-speaking countries and need your submissions to be written in English at this stage.
2. Sector Contributors who can provide expertise from different sectors concerned with men and boys’ issues such as healthcare, education, fatherhood and criminal justice.
3. Specialist Contributors who can provide expert insight from different perspectives such as political, philosophical, sociological, psychological and so on.
All well-written contributions are very welcome, including those previously published elsewhere. Submissions should be between 500-1500 words long and follow Good Men Project Style Guidelines.
Wherever you are in the world, whatever your viewpoint, if you are committed to improving the lives of men and boys and have something to say on the matter, then I am waiting to hear from you.
If you want to get in touch with me about The Good Men Project’s international men’s movement section then please email me at [email protected]
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