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We recently asked over 10,000 men and women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) what manhood, masculinity, and gender equality look like today.

This results of this flagship, multi-country study on masculinities in the MENA region, produced by Equimundo, UN Women, and local research partners, offer a unique glimpse into how men see themselves and the changing world around them, and identify where there are pathways toward gender equality.

The research reveals that while many men and women still support more traditional ideas about what it means to be a man or a woman, at least one-quarter of men hold more open and equitable views.

So who are these men – from Egypt to Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine – who are challenging stereotypes in the region, and what has led them to this point?

Watch the film, Understanding Masculinities, to meet Saed, Mayer, Ahmed, and Adnan, who share their personal stories of supporting women in business, being hands-on fathers, and promoting gender equality more broadly through technology and theater.

For more stories like these, survey results, and recommendations for advancing gender equality, see the International Men and Gender Equality Survey – Middle East and North Africa (IMAGES MENA) here.

Join the conversation online using #imagesmena.

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