BREAKING: ICMB will hold an international press conference on July 11 at 11:00am Washington DC time on “She for He: New Era for Gender Equality.” To receive Zoom access information, contact Larry DeMarco at 

For years, women experienced a range of disparities that impaired their civil rights and ability to participate fully in society. In some countries, women continue to face challenges including child marriage, female genital mutilation, and restrictive dress codes such as mandatory hijabs.

But the long-standing disparities that affect men — for example, educational attainment, health status, and many other areas — have been largely ignored. These disparities are especially worrisome for minority men.

Now, gender equality advocates are responding to the neglect by establishing councils for men and fathers, and by creating “She for He” initiatives:

On December 11, 2023, Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs Battsetseg Batmunkh — pictured above — announced her government’s “She for He” initiative, designed to address the challenges faced by men and boys. The announcement was made in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations’ 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Mongolia, men face major disparities: the average male life expectancy is nine years less than females, 85% of suicides are male, and only 40% of tertiary education enrollees are male.

The two following videos explain the 12 areas of global male disadvantage:

Three-Minute Overview:

In-Depth Review: