Network of Men Leaders
Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders
Gary Barker, PhD, is a leading voice on engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality and ending violence against women. He is International Director and founder of Promundo, an international NGO with offices in the United States, Brazil and Portugal, and representatives in Rwanda and Burundi, that works to promote gender justice.
Dr. Barker is also co-chair and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 400 NGOs and UN agencies working to engage men and boys in gender equality. He has been awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and a fellowship from the Open Society Institute for his work. He is coordinator of the multi-country survey on men, IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), one of the largest ever surveys on men’s attitudes and behaviours related to violence, fatherhood and gender equality. He is also co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers.
Dr. Barker previously served as the director of the gender, violence and rights team for the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), leading the organization’s research and program portfolio on engaging men and boys in gender equality. Before joining ICRW, he served for 10 years as founding executive director of Promundo's first office in Rio de Janeiro.