The Men’s Network in Brighton & Hove is committed to creating A City That Works For Everyone – Men And Boys Included.
We can only do this if we help the city to develop a culture of public service that is both pro-male and pro-female and remembers to include Men and Boys in the design and delivery of its services.
At present men and boys are not recognised as a distinct group with specific needs that should be considered in all of the city’s strategies, policies and plans.
A boy born in East Brighton today will die THIRTEEN YEARS YOUNGER than a girl born in a wealthy Hove neighbourhood and yet funding for women’s projects in the city receive nearly THIRTEEN HUNDRED times more funding than men’s projects.
As the Brighton & Hove NHS Manager for Equality and Diversity, Phil Seddon, recently said:
“Ironically a largely male led society has created structures that don’t meet men’s needs because it hasn’t found itself able to acknowledge what those needs might be”.
Since April 2007, the public sector has been required to actively promote equality between Men and Women yet the fact remains that the public sector locally does not treat men and women equally when it comes to involving, helping, funding, supporting, serving, employing and working with Men and Boys.
INVOLVING MEN AND BOYS: The public sector has a Duty To Involve and engage with men and women equally and yet our local research is showing time and time that services do not involve men as effectively as they involve women and in some case actively exclude men all together. Read more about Involving Men and Boys in the design of public services here….
HELPING MEN AND BOYS: There are a number of key areas – notably health – where men are less likely to access services than women and yet still do not get recognised as a hard to reach group. Read more about Helping Men and Boys to access public services here….
SUPPORTING MEN AND BOYS: The standard approach to supporting hard-to-reach groups is to identify the barriers that these groups face and offer specific support to help overcome the barriers. As the public sector locally does not recognise Men and Boys as a distinct group with specific need it rarely considers the barriers that Men and Boys face and therefore cannot provide specific support for Men and Boys to overcome these barriers. Read more about Supporting Men and Boys to overcome barriers here….
FUNDING MEN AND BOYS: In March 2010 NHS Brighton & Hove published research that revealed that women’s projects in the city received nearly THIRTEEN HUNDRED times more funding than men’s projects. Research by the Council has also revealed that funding to community projects are 50% more likely to benefit women than men. Read more about Funding Men and Boys projects here….
SERVING MEN AND BOYS: One of the ways to measure the effectiveness of public services is to measure that outcomes they deliver for different groups. When we measure the outcomes of Men and Boys in areas like education, health, social care and criminal justice, housing we find extreme examples of Men and Boys experiencing unequal outcomes. Read more about Serving Men and Boys here….
EMPLOYING MEN AND BOYS: The Council’s 2010 Single Equalities Scheme commits “to improve the diversity of our staff to reflect the communities we serve” and yet there is no specific commitment to address the under-representation of men in key services such as education, health and social care. Read more about Employing Men and Boys here….
WORKING WITH MEN AND BOYS: The Coalition Governments health White Paper puts health puts people and communities at the heart of public health. It has never been more important for the public sector to work with local communities and empowers individuals to address their own, particular needs. As the under-representation of Men and Boys are also under-represented in the community and voluntary sector – due in part to the severe lack of funding for Men’s projects – the public sector is not currently in position to work effectively with Men and Boys to deliver this new vision for public health. Read more about working with Men and Boys here….
In 2011 The Men’s Network will launch a Remember Men campaign to support the public sector to take action to involve, help, fund, support, serve, employ and work with Men and Boys in Brighton & Hove.
This campaign will be delivered in line with our commitment to developing a culture of public service that is both pro-male and pro-female with is on of the seven key objectives of our citywide strategy for Men and Boys that we will launch in April 2011.