October 28, 2021

Call for Applications| UNESCO’s Positively Men Challenge: Submit by July 20


UNESCO is inviting applications from people from all parts of the globe engaged and practicing any form of positive masculinity and gender equality.

About the UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. Political and economic arrangements of governments are not enough to secure the lasting and sincere support of the peoples. Peace must be founded upon dialogue and mutual understanding. Peace must be built upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity.

About the Positively Men Challenge

UNESCO believes that no society can thrive when girls remain out of school, that no country can take up technological challenges if the scientific fields exclude women, that no community can grow healthy and cohesive until all forms of gender-based violence are eradicated. This is why gender equality is a global priority of UNESCO. Overcoming these challenges requires the full engagement of men and women. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that many men still feel unconcerned by efforts in favour of gender equality.

This call is open to people from all parts of the globe who are engaged and practicing any form of positive masculinity. UNESCO wants to hear your stories, and understand what makes you a good example of positive engagement for gender equality.


People who:

  • are one of those who speak up against gender-based violence,
  • challenge inequalities and hegemonic practices in your community, in your family, in your workplace and with your peers,
  • reject stereotypical perceptions of virility and toxic manhood,
  • are supporting women’s empowerment and inclusive societies.


Stories of accomplishments in one of these categories:

  • Preventing male violence and aggression (such as bullying in schools, gangs, verbal or physical violence against women and gender-based violence in general);
  • Supporting women’s rights and empowerment (such as girls’ right to education, artistic freedom of women, increasing women’s autonomy and leadership);
  • Supporting care and affection (active fatherhood engagement, providing care to children or the elderly, expressing positive emotions, encouraging peers to ask for help when they need it);
  • Engaging with the community, especially men, to promote and live the values of respect for diversity and gender equality, rejecting gender stereotypes and speaking out in case of gender-based discrimination.
  • Eligibility: This call is open to people from all parts of the globe who are engaged and practicing any form of positive masculinity.

Application procedure

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The most inspiring testimonials will be part of a video campaign that will be produced and disseminated worldwide by UNESCO in autumn 2021.

Important date

Deadline: 20th July, 2021

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