Political lobbying for men
The Bundesforum Männer (Federal Forum Men) – Interest Association for Boys, Men and Fathers is a non-governmental and national umbrella organisation for German organisations working with boys, men and fathers.
Founded in 2010, today the Forum counts 38 member organisations. The members are trade unions, social associations, church organisations or project promoters active in fields such as family, education, violence, health or sexuality. The core tasks of the Federal Forum Men are political lobbying and professional networking. It advices governmental organisations, ministries, political groups and parties and is contact partner for other professional organisations and media.
The Federal Forum Men has a honorary board. The head office has its seat in Berlin. Four expert groups work in the thematic fields of boys, men, fathers, senior men.
Modern gender equality policy includes men
Gender equality means an equal visibility, empowerment, responsibility and partici-pation of women and men in all spheres of public and private life. Hence, modern gender equality policy can only be successful if it also includes men. Working with men and boys should not replace efforts already being carried out to empower women, but wants the approaches to be integrated. A men-oriented gender policy understands men as an independent target group and includes them in gender policy activites. It strenghens the ressources of men and their ability to act.
In fact, the aim is to move away from restricting role expectations and toxic images of masculinity. The evolution of gender thinking could create space for all genders.