People should be able to live lives of their own choosing, regardless of gender. This is true for boys, men, and fathers too, but they have not really started their own journey of liberating themselves from the outdated requirements of masculinity yet. We encourage them to do so and support them in their struggle. We believe that equal opportunities and just distribution of rights and responsibilities within our society require a fundamental redesign of gender relations. The best part: everybody is poised to gain something from this change. As men, we know all too well: supposed privileges may come in handy once in a while; but, generally speaking, competitive behavior, perfomance-oriented thinking, and the pursuit of power and money primarily makes people sick and turns them into hollow shells.
männer.ch/masculinities.ch is the the umbrella organization of men’s and father’s organizations advocating for gender equality in Switzerland. As advocates for boys’, men’s, and fathers’ issues, we work to ensure that men do not miss the opportunity to participate in the struggle for gender equality—or miss out on its results. Since 2005, we have been pioneers in this field owing to our triple advocacy approach. Results of our work can be seen in the creation of the Swiss Father’s Day; the passage of an equitable law governing separation and divorce; the rapid increase of men working part-time; and ever-growing attention to the care contributions of men—professionally as well as within family settings.