Profound social and economic transitions over the past 30 years have shaped women’s lives and opportunities in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine in varying ways.
Much less is known about men’s experiences of economic transition and reactions to the diverse changes in women’s circumstances. Governments in all four transition countries have developed policies to address gender and the status of women, but attention to the role of men and masculinities has been limited overall.
This brief is based on a larger report that explores how economic transition in the four countries has been experienced by different groups of men, and its impacts on gender relations. It aims to assist the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other stakeholders to consider ways of engaging men as agents of positive change for gender equality – alongside women and girls – as well as to complement women-focused interventions in projects and investments to enhance both the resilience of transitions and equality of opportunity.