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Rising suicides among young men; educational underachievement among boys; male detachment from the labour market – in the UK statistics such as these are regularly used to support the argument that men are ‘in crisis’. But the overall trends still show that women are the majority of those living in poverty (as they are internationally). While talk of a crisis may be overdone, there are real concerns regarding the position of those groups of men in the UK at the sharp end of economic and social change. In this context, to overlook what is happening to men could undermine attempts to improve gender relations. How men’s lives can and must be transformed so that they can work with women against poverty and for gender equality is the starting point of this report.

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