Recruiting and Retaining Men in Gender Transformative Programs: The Journeys of Transformation

There is increasing recognition among development practitioners that engaging men in gender-transformative interventions is key to promoting gender equality. This brief presents the experience of Equimundo: Center for Masculinities and Social Justice (previously known as Promundo-US) and Global Communities in the implementation of the adapted Journeys of Transformation program in Guatemala, designed to engage men as allies of women’s economic empowerment. It outlines the strategies used and challenges that came up during the implementation, as well as what worked to address these. The brief presents emerging recommendations to effectively recruit and retain men’s participation in gender transformative programs that can be considered by practitioners seeking to work with men to advance gender and economic justice.