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Sexual Politics in Muslim Societies

Sexuality, rights and Islam—individually each of these words has a rich history, unstable and contested, but profoundly productive. Taken together, however, they signal an extraordinarily charged dynamic in the world today. Whether it is Daesh circulating footage of its executions of gay men in the name of purifying their “caliphate”, …

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Troublesome Masculinities

An extraordinary growth in research and programming on masculinities continues to explore the ways in which to challenge male authority by redefining male identity. Given the long-standing and deeply entrenched patriarchal ideology that equates male identity with men’s authority over women, this tension would appear to be a significant obstacle …

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The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality

Equality between women and men is recognized as a principle in international law, articulated in many United Nations documents from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights onwards. The idea that men and boys might have a specific role in realizing this principle has only been articulated recently. Issues about …

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Muslim Men Negotiating Masculinity in Australia

This paper considers the issue of masculinity among Muslims in Australia. It focuses on Muslim men’s efforts to negotiate and maintain what is arguably the core component of their gendered religious identity: their status as the leader of the family. I intend to raise a question that has been overlooked …

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Counselling Program for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

This research aimed to explore men’s experiences after completing counselling program for perpetrators of domestic violence in Indonesia. The project explored how male clients reconstructed an alternative identity and meaning, and how this affected the reduction of their violent actions and changing their abusive attitudes towards their wives. The research …

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The Truth About Men, Boys and Sex

Involving men and boys in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV programmes is critical: for their own benefit, that of women and girls, and for enhancing gender equality. This publication combines facts and figures, contributions from international experts and illustrative case studies to highlight the needs and rights of …

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When Working Abroad Becomes a “Dosa” (Sin)

As globalization has advanced, Indonesia has focused on following the lead of the Philippines as a sending country. In 2011, about 70% of Indonesian migrant workers, new hires, were women. Until then, “men were the breadwinners as the head of the household” (Indonesian Matrimonial Law, Article 1), but in these …

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