Men 2.0

Creating positive role models

Client
Space
Communities
Partners
Year
2023
Service
Co-created community solutions

Community events

How might we address street harassment and the way men experience public spaces, viewing men as perpetrators, victims, and bystanders? In what ways can we promote fatherhood and intercultural parenting, and facilitate discussions on taboos within their communities and among men themselves?

This challenge sought to create environments where men feel more aware, responsible, and engaged in fostering respect, understanding, and support across diverse cultural backgrounds, leading to safer and more inclusive communities for all.

 

We focused on:

 

Victimhood: Boys often become victims of street intimidation during nightlife, facing risks like stabbings and gunfire. They live in fear of unjust harassment by the police and strangers, often feeling unheard as victims.

 

Perpetrators: Perpetrators target both women and men. Older people are susceptible to ATM robberies, while young people grapple with drug-related issues. Online street culture is also marked by insecurity, especially because of fear of so-called exposure.

 

Bystander’s Dilemma: Men expressed their willingness to intervene when witnessing harassment. However, the presence of weapons makes direct intervention unsafe. As a solution, we discussed safer approaches like the “5 D’s.”

 

Boys as a Problem: Youth ‘loitering’ remains a concern, highlighting the lack of spaces for young people and parents to come together. More activities are needed to curb the phenomenon of ‘hanging out’ on the streets, as we strive for a more inclusive and safe society for all. 

Opening session 2 Fairspace
15
Key neighbourhood figures activated

Approach

Co-creating

Co-creating

Facilitation

Facilitation

Participatory design

Participatory
design

What people say about us

"When boys or young people are more aware of this, that can help a lot to make it safer, especially for girls or women on the streets."

"I’m also a father so I also work with other fathers in Afrikaanderwijk. Neighbourhood fathers are there for this reason, not only to clean the streets but also to make it safer for our young people and everyone. We try to approach young people ourselves to try to explain their roles on the street."