The Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grant will support local government in partnership with relevant organisations to develop, trial and evaluate initiatives that seek to propel health and wellbeing outcomes in Victoria.
Projects funded through the Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grant will help VicHealth build the evidence base about what types of programs can help engage men and boys in gender equality, particularly efforts to transform harmful gender stereotypes, masculinities and negative social norms, attitudes and behaviours.
Why focus on healthier masculinities?
The benefits of helping men break free from limiting gender stereotypes flow to everyone. All health and wellbeing initiatives can be strengthened by considering the influence of masculinities, from mental wellbeing or healthy eating initiatives, through to preventing violence against women or preventing harm from alcohol.
What do you mean by healthier masculinities?
Masculinity is an evolving social construct that people use to describe a set of practices, attitudes and behaviours that instruct what men and boys should be and how they should act. It also includes social norms, the unwritten rules about how to behave in society. While not all men conform to these expectations, most feel the pressure to do so. We see healthier masculinities and harmful masculinities expressed through our attitudes, behaviours and practices, our relations with others, and through social norms and structures. Healthier masculinities are characterised by equality and respect, non-violence, reflection and self-awareness, emotional expression and vulnerability, and accountability.
What’s on offer?
Up to $140,000 over a two-year period to deliver an initiative designed to promote healthier masculinities for young men and boys in Victoria.
We may fund up to four projects, with funding commencing in June 2020.