Engaging men in gender awareness and equality in higher education

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Hanlon, Niall
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Dublin Business School
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Higher education operates within a cultural milieu where gendered / sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) are realising greater respect and recognition. Supporting diversity and promoting inclusivity is central to Irish education policy and academic institutions have a duty to prevent discrimination and sexual harassment whilst providing equality of respect (Equal Status Acts 2000-2004). Despite this, sexism, homophobia and gender-based-violence are part of the everyday sexism experienced by many in college (Union of Students in Ireland, 2015). This paper analyses the practice of engaging men and masculinities in gender awareness and equality within the context of higher education.