Promundo Announces Future of Manhood Honorees for Their Work to Inspire Men to Action in #MeToo and Time’s Up Era

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Co-Founder of Malala Fund Ziauddin Yousafzai, and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom named among 8 honorees from 6 countries called to envision the future of manhood.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Co-Founder of Malala Fund Ziauddin Yousafzai, and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom are 3 of the 8 individuals who will be recognized as Promundo Future of Manhood honorees on Tuesday, April 24. Never before have these high-profile and high-impact leaders – including honorees United Nations leader Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN under-secretary-general and UN Women executive director); government representatives Tamara Adrián (Venezuelan member of parliament and transgender activist), David Grosso (DC councilmember), and Geir Haarde (ambassador of Iceland, representing the country of Iceland); and civil-society advocate Joseph Jones (founder and CEO of Center for Urban Families) – come together to debate the most pressing global issues around men’s roles in gender equality and to drive the agenda forward. They will join in recognition and solidarity with Promundo’s 20 years of evidence and action as a global leader in engaging men, together with women, to promote gender justice and prevent violence, with partners in over 45 countries.

From the #MeToo Movement to Time’s Up, men’s violence and harassment are finally coming to light and being held to account on a global scale. The world’s policymakers are increasingly paying attention to why men matter for gender equality. However, the World Economic Forum still predicts more than 100 years before we see actual equality, and men haven’t been engaged at large enough scale to accelerate progress.

“Much of the work to engage men as allies in gender equality in the past 20 years has seen men as the obstacles,” says Promundo President and CEO Gary Barker. “We must call men out and demand equality. But we also must build on the men and women who already believe manhood can be positive, healthy, nonviolent, and peaceful. We honor these individuals for precisely that – they exemplify the future of manhood we all want and need.”

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