The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is conducting an open consultation on its strategic plan for 2016-2019. This is your chance to tell them what you think about gender equality issues. You can fill in the questionnaire herehttps://www.equalityhumanrights.com/about-us/our-w... Remember that the deadline is 18th Dec 2015.
In my submission, I drafted these list of issues (reduced below to fit the consultation's 500 character limit):
Human rights for men needs attention in many areas, including:
Family courts. Compared to women, men have less access to their children in divorce cases.
Accusations of rape. There are many cases where men are falsely accused of rape. To make things worse, although the accuser retains anonymity, the accused is named and is then often the victim of abuse and harassment both online and in public. Legal trends such as the prosecution of historical allegations of rape without proper evidence compounds the existing problems in this area.
Rape. Due to under reporting, it is difficult to say how many men are victims of rape, but judging by the US statistics of rape in prison there are as many male victims of rape as female victims.
Domestic violence. Violence against men is as widespread as violence against women but this is all but ignored.
Mental health. Men commit suicide at over three times the rate of women, yet men’s mental health is not a priority for the government or NHS. Often, men are dealt with by the legal system when they should be dealt with by the mental health services.
Male genital mutilation. Although FGM is rightly questioned, MGM is ignored, despite the complaints of many men that they have suffered as a result of circumcision.
Education. The grades of boys have been lagging behind the grades of girls for decades, yet this is not seen as an equality issue.
Media bias. The BBC has a duty to impartial broadcasting, but in fact promotes anti-male and pro-feminist bias on a daily basis. For example, the gender wage gap is routinely framed as the result of discrimination against women, whereas in fact it is the result of – in general - women’s choices for careers in lower-paying sectors, women not negotiating their salaries effectively, and women taking more time out of work than men do.
Health. Men’s cancers are treated as a less serious issue than women’s. For example, roughly the same numbers of men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer, yet although women have had a national breast screening programme since the 1980s, there is no equivalent for prostate cancer.
[Short version, to fit the consultation's 500 character limit]
Mental health e.g. male suicide is 3 times higher
Education. Boys grades still lag behind
Family courts. Access to children in divorce
Accusations of rape. The accused is named and shamed
Rape. Many men are raped in prison
Domestic violence against men is widespread
Male genital mutilation: circumcision may cause harm
Media bias. The BBC is often anti-male
Workplace equality. Equality legislation is biased against men
Health: no proper screening for prostate cancer