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Amidst the ongoing confusion and sometimes backlash towards a more conversative view of gender roles, we believe there is a need for a conversation on masculinity. At Shiftbalance, we think that true peace and balance will only come in the world if each of us does their part, both men and women. We can see many initiatives out there to empower women and we wanted to offer a safe space for reflexion and conversation to men out there.
That is why we have decided to launch a 21 Day Challenge. The objective of this challenge is to explore together for 3 weeks what it means for you to be a man.

Every day, we will send you a short text and some questions to foster a conversation around a topic related to manhood. You can share your thoughts by text or voice message or remain silent if you prefer. In order to prepare yourself for the challenge, we invite you to download our book Balance the World.

Especially our chapter 15 dedicated to Manhood, where you can find useful resources.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_A-bP-v3laP4hwUHhgeZMFRLgQuw2xDH/view?usp=sharing

We also invite you to read this summary of 2 beautiful books from bell hooks:

https://medium.com/@asalvaire/feminism-as-an-act-of-love-10862c717a6e

Register here if you want to join our next edition of the challenge:
 

MAARD BAN / BE A MAN

In 2017, we shot a documentary on masculinity in Pakistan. Watch it if you want to have an unexpected view of this fascinating country!
 
We decided to pursue our research and to interview different activists and citizens about their views on masculinity. Here are their answers! 
 

Be a man in
the US

As part of our BE A MAN Conversation series, we decided to interview Gary Barker, President of Promundo US, on his take on fatherhood and masculinity. With the illustrations of the Swedish dads exhibition.

Be a man in the Balkans

As part of our BE A MAN Conversation series, we decided to interview different members of Center E8 in Belgrade to talk about masculinity in the Balkans.

Be a man in Lebanon

We interviewed Anthony Keedi, gender expert from ABAAD Lebanon to know more about masculinity in the Middle East.

BE A MAN playlist

We have curated a playlist for you to understand manhood in a better way. This playlist has videos from leading organizations initiating the discourse on Masculinity, Gender and Being a man in the 21st Century! Feel free to share!