International Men’s Day 2021
Welcome to Future Men’s page dedicated to International Men’s Day 2021. You will find audio ad visual content that talks about the work Future Men delivers, the challenges by some of those we support and masculinity. We would love to hear your views so please follow us on Twitter, @FutureMenUK and LinkedIn, Future Men, and join the conversation.
Fathers’ Team Interview and Masculinity
Masculinity – The views of service users
The Challenges Faced
About Future Men
At Future Men we inspire boys and men to become dynamic future men, by giving them the confidence, space and tools to discover what it means to be a man. Future Men works to improve the mental, physical, and social well-being of boys and men to support achieving this mission.
While we support males to create a better future for every boy, every man and everyone, equality is core to our organisational identity. To that end, we fully recognise that women and girls are disproportionately affected by male violence as two women a week are killed by a current or previous partner in England and Wales (Source: ONS, 2019). This is completely unacceptable! Future Men speaks of seven characteristics of positive masculinity. Non-violence, from males to females, females to male and males to males, is at the core of these characteristics. Ever heard the saying, “No man is an island”? Future Men is no different and we have and want to continue working with other charities, including women’s charities, to achieve the overall vision of a better future for everyone.
What challenges do boys, young men and men face in society?
Before getting into the work delivered by Future Men and to set the starting point of this group, boys underachieve in education, are more likely to be excluded, overrepresented in the criminal justice system, more likely to be registered unemployed and all of this against a backdrop of cuts to youth services. Is it any wonder that men account for three-quarters of suicides, 95% of the prison population, 72% of male prisoners suffer from two or more mental disorders, are more likely than women to drink alcohol and drink at hazardous levels, account for 87% of rough sleepers, and have shorter life expectancies?
None of the above is to say girls and women do not face inequalities in other parts of society. It is to say, however, there is a section of the male population that is not represented by the highest achieving in society and those boys, young men and men deserve to be supported for a better future for them and everyone.
Themes of #IMD21
The themes of this year’s International Men’s Day (https://ukmensday.org.uk/) are making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys, promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity, and raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing.
As one of those charities, Future Men supports and represents males in London, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. We work across four strategic areas: boys in school, those at risk of falling out of education, training and employment or who are currently in that position, fathers and community engagement through the provision of youth services. Future Men is a service delivery charity, meaning our work is grounded in face-to-face delivery of services to boys, young men and men most need of support. We take a strength-based approach to our work where we spend time understanding the starting point of those we work with, their areas of need and the personal strengths they demonstrate that will lead them to make improvements in their everyday situations. We employ a framework of seven characteristics of positive masculinity to shape traits that underpin positive personal movement.
Future Men content for #IMD21
On this page for International Men’s Day, you will find further statistics that identify the broad needs of males, case studies of who we work with, the challenges they face and how they are supported, and audio recordings of focus groups convened talking about masculinity and the role this social dynamic plays in their thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
Future Men has a vision of a better future for every boy, every man and everyone.