Could Governments do better for men and boys? The facts are compelling. Our sons are less educated than our daughters. Our brothers die younger than our sisters. Our fathers are more likely to die at work than our mothers. Our male friends are more likely to die by suicide than our female friends.
According to researchers at the University of Canberra, the majority of Australians support equality between men and women, but are concerned that men and boys are increasingly excluded from measures to improve gender equality. The solution to this problem is not to stop working to improve the lives of women and girls, but to increase our efforts to tackle the issues facing men and boys.
We need your help to support our work to persuade politicians across the political spectrum to take action and do better for men and boys. There are four ways you can get involved in our #Better4Men campaign:
1. SIGN THE PETITION
If you think that Governments can do better for men and boys you can show you support now by signing the #Better4Men petition now.
2. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
Sign up now so you can stay in touch with news about men's health issues and updates about the #Better4Men campaign: sign up here today.
3. FILL OUT THE SURVEY
We want to know how you think we can do better for men and boys in Australia. Have your saying by completing the #Better4Men survey now: complete the #Better4Men online survey here.
4. SPREAD THE WORD
Help us spread the word about the #Better4Men campaign by finding out about more about 10 actions we want politicians to take and share the information with everyone you know who wants to improve the lives and health of men and boys in Australia.
ACTION 1: CREATING A HEALTHIER FUTURE
Men die six years younger than women. By taking action to improve men and boys’ health, we can create a healthier future for everyone. Find out more about Creating a Healthier Future for Men and Boys.
ACTION 2: IMPROVING BOYS' EDUCATION
Boys are 60% more likely to leave school before the end of Year 12. Helping boys from all backgrounds to get a better education is better for everyone. Find out more about Improving Boys' Education.
ACTION 3: SUPPORTING INVOLVED FATHERHOOD
Only 5% of primary parental leave is taken by fathers. Being an involved dad is better for men’s health and better for everyone, especially women and children. Find out more about Supporting Fatherhood.
ACTION 4: PREVENTING MALE SUICIDE
Suicide kills an average of six men and two women every day. Taking a gender inclusive approach to reducing male suicide and female suicide is better for everyone. Find out more about Preventing Male Suicide.
ACTION 5: MAKING WORK HEALTHIER
Men account for 92% of workplace deaths and 72% of work-related disease. Making work safer and healthier for men is better for everyone. Find out more about Making Work Healthier.
ACTION 6: KEEPING MEN AND BOYS SAFE
Men and boys experience 72% of the health burden from injuries. Creating a safer world with fewer accidents, injuries and acts of violence is better for everyone. Find out more about Keeping Men and Boys Safe.
ACTION 7: STRENGTHENING MEN'S ECONOMIC SECURITY
Around two million Australian men are experiencing economic insecurity. By taking action to tackle the money issues that men face, we can help improve everyone’s financial wellbeing. Find out more about Strengthening Men's Economic Security.
ACTION 8: BUILDING MEN'S SOCIAL CONNECTION
Social connection is good for everyone’s health. The evidence that having high-quality relationships and feeling socially connected to the people in your life reduces your risk of death and disease is well established. Around 1 in 4 Australian report poor social networks.
Find out more about Building Men's Social Connections.
ACTION 9: DEVELOPING A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM
The majority of Government initiatives to improve gender equity focus on women and girls. Taking a systemic approach to tackling the issues men and boys face too, is better for everyone. Find out more about a Developing A More Equitable System.
ACTION 10: PROMOTING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
Males and females are different and diverse. Taking action to improve the lives of people of all backgrounds and beliefs, including gender diverse people, is better for everyone. Find out more about Promoting Inclusion and Diversity.
CREATING A BETTER WORLD FOR EVERYONE
The facts outlined in our #Better4Men campaign are compelling. There are many areas of life where men and boys are struggling, but this doesn't mean we should stop working to improve the lives of women and girls. Find out more about how working to create a better world for men and boys, can create a better world for everyone.
10 ACTIONS POLITICIANS CAN TAKE
The many different social issues that men and boys face are challenging and complex. Here are 10 simple actions that all political parties can commit to taking to begin the process of doing better for men and better for everyone. Find out more about the 10 Actions That Politicians Can Take to do a better job for men and boys.