International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) report

DSCN2802Paths to Gender-Equitable Men: Findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey in Eight Countries‘ – paper accessible here.


The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is a comprehensive household questionnaire on men’s attitudes and practices – along with women’s opinions and reports of men’s practices- on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality.

Where it’s been implemented: From 2009 to 2012, household surveys were administered to more than 20,000 men and women in Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), India, Mali, Mexico and Rwanda.

A similar survey, based in part on IMAGES, is being coordinated in several countries in Asia by the UN project Partners for Prevention. Learn more here.

Where it’s been presented: IMAGES data from IMAGES has been presented at events sponsored by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Women (at CSW), USAID, the US State Department, DFID, SIDA, NORAD, CIDA, the Brazilian Ministry of Health, and numerous other seminars and events in more than 20 countries.

What IMAGES has inspired: The data and conclusions generated from the project have contributed to, among other things:

• New initiatives at the World Bank and other multilateral development agencies to engage men in gender equality and GBV prevention, including in post-conflict settings;

• Presentations of the data at key international events, including the Commission on the Status of Women;

• National level policy discussions and new policies including the men’s health initiative in Brazil and new discussions with the ministries of health of Chile and Brazil about engaging men in childbirth;

• Provided inspiration for the creation of a global campaign – MenCare – to promote men’s engagement as non-violent and responsive caregivers and fathers.

Watch this Video to see IMAGES in action.

Reports and Publications

Evolving Men: Initial Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) – This report focuses on the initial, comparative analysis of results from the men’s questionnaires across the six countries, with women’s reports on key variables.

Gender Equality and Quality of Life: A Norwegian Perspective (Link to A Norwegian Perspective) – In 2007, Norway was the top ranked country on an international gender gap index by the World Economic Forum. Subsequently, the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality financed the “Gender Equality and Quality of Life” survey of men and women on men’s attitudes and understanding of gender equality. This study inspired the creation of IMAGES in 2009.

The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape? – This report presents an overview of five study sites of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), presents findings related to men’s self-reported perpetration of sexual violence, investigates seven domains of possible influences on men’s sexual violence perpetration and provides actionable lessons and recommendations.

Global pathways to men’s caregiving: Mixed methods findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey and the Men Who Care study – This mixed method study explores which men are more involved in caregiving, and what childhood and adulthood factors influence their level of involvement. This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 2014, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online here.

Click on the links below to access the IMAGES reports from each of these countries:

Chile (in Spanish)
Croatia (in Croatian with English Summary)
Democratic Republic of Congo: Final Report
Democratic Republic of Congo: Initial Results (in English)
Democratic Republic of Congo: Initial Results (in French)
Latin America: Brazil, Chile and Mexico Report (in Spanish)

Coming soon: Brazil and Malawi.

Resources for Conducting IMAGES

IMAGES Overview and Guide: Review the objectives, parameters, topics, analysis, dissemination and additional considerations for IMAGES.

IMAGES Questionnaires for Men and Women

IMAGES Interviewer’s Manual/Guide




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