Havana, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Men, stereotypes, concerns, health problems, paternity, among other problems were the main issues addressed by experts from several countries at the First Colloquium “Men in Challenge”, which is now in its final day.
Launched on April 30th, as an alternative to stimulate academic debate around the Covid-19 and the challenges it poses for men, the online event hosted a dozen specialists from Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Switzerland and Cuba.
According to historian Julio César González-Pagés, one of the coordinators of the space on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, the last session seeks to discuss health care, since global data indicate that the greatest mortality from the SARS-Cov-2 virus is among men.
Likewise, the historian and anthropologist pointed out, exclusively to Prensa Latina, that this initiative made it possible to measure the impact of violence, fatherhood and health at times of breaking gender paradigms at a global level, as well as to receive updated information on masculinities, quarantine and its challenges.
For four weeks, the experts encouraged the exchange and answered users’ questions through the Facebook profile of the Ibero-American and African Network of Masculinities (Riam), the Cuban group that promoted this initiative, together with Cosude, the Women’s Chair at the University of Havana and the Tod@s Project.
The colloquium was also supported by the National Union of Jurists of the island and the socio-cultural projects Quisicuaba and AfroAtenAs, which joined the group of non-governmental, academic and cooperation organizations to bring new perspectives to the role of men in society.
These sessions are intended to generate a collective reflection that supports the work of public institutions, as well as decision-making around men, their care and masculinities, González Pagés said.
Among the topics discussed during the various sessions, held every Thursday, is the impact of the global crisis generated by the SARS-Cov-2 virus, conflicts and consequences for people of both sexes, machismo, responsible parenting and gender roles in the home.
According to the historian González-Pagés, after the weekly debates a final report will be elaborated with the results of the same one, which will be published in the BLOG of the Riam and in other digital platforms of the island.