10 Actions Politicians Can Take To Do Better For Men And Boys

The many different social issues that men and boys face are challenging and complex. There are, however, some simple actions that all political parties can commit to taking to begin the process of doing better for men and better for everyone.

ACTION 1: CREATING A HEALTHIER FUTURE

Men die six years younger than women. We call on all political parties to commit to annual funding of the Men’s Health Strategy (2020-2030).

ACTION 2: IMPROVING BOYS’ EDUCATION

Boys are 60% more likely to leave school before the end of Year 12. We call on all political parties to develop national policies to improve boys’ educational outcomes and increase the proportion of male teachers in Australian schools.

ACTION 3: SUPPORTING INVOLVED FATHERHOOD

Only 5% of primary parental leave is taken by fathers. We call on all political parties to take action to remove the barriers that prevent dads from being more actively involved in their children’s lives.

ACTION 4: PREVENTING MALE SUICIDE

Suicide kills an average of six men and two women every day. We call on all political parties to commit to developing a national action plan to prevent male suicide.

ACTION 5: MAKING WORK HEALTHIER

Men account for 92% of workplace deaths and 72% of work-related disease. We call on all political parties to commit to a target for reducing workplace deaths to zero.

ACTION 6: KEEPING MEN AND BOYS SAFE

Men and boys experience 72% of the health burden from injuries. We call on all political parties to commit to a national action plan to reduce harmful alcohol consumption by men and boys.

ACTION 7: STRENGTHENING MEN’S ECONOMIC SECURITY

Around two million men are experiencing some form of economic insecurity. We call on all political parties to commit to developing strategies to improve men’s economic security.

ACTION 8: BUILDING MEN’S SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

One in four men in Australia are socially isolated. We call on all political parties to raise awareness of the health risks associated with lack of social connection, particularly among men.

ACTION 9: DEVELOPING A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM

The majority of Government initiatives to improve gender equity focus on women and girls. We call on all political parties develop Men’s Policies to guide the work of federal, state and territory governments at federal.

ACTION 10: PROMOTING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

Males and females are different and diverse. We call on all political parties to commit to taking action to improve the lives and health of men and boys in all their diversity.

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