• December 7, 2020 at 10:28 am #2937
    Maurice Ligon II

    Kectil Assignment 4: Male Roles in Society

    Dear Kectil Colleagues,

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    Assignment 4 Deadline and Requirements

    We are happy to release Assignment 4 on Male Roles in Society! This is not a new module to the program, the major upgrade incorporates the Male-Child Initiative and the 2000 Males Campaign. We involved two Youth Mentors; Joel Odota and Keaton Harris in the assignment design to share diverse perspectives on the topic. They have been of extraordinary support to the program over the past few years. Keaton Harris is currently a Medical Student at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town. He combines his expertise of his study field and in-depth passion for influencing leaders of tomorrow by co-founding a global start-up called InforMED Global that focuses on breaking language barriers in healthcare. Joel ODOTA holds a master’s degree (with thesis) in Politics and International Relations from the Yenching Academy of Peking University, Beijing where he was recognized as the Academy’s best Teaching Assistant of the 2018-2019 academic year. Joel has been working as a UN Online Volunteer since 2016 at The Energy Globe (Austria) and now Universal Versatile Society (UVS), India. He is presently an editor for the UVS’s Weekly Climate Change News (WCCN) project, and columnist at the Northern Uganda News Wire.

    Assignment 4 will be due on December 6th, 2020. You can submit your assignment at any time prior to or on the deadline. We will not accept late submissions unless you have asked for an extension in advance of the deadline with a good reason which we will have approved in advance. Leaders meet their deadlines! If you need an extension, please send an email to with an explanation of good cause for the extension.

    Assignment 4 covers the following areas

    Stereotypes and Cultures that Hurt Males

    Healthy versus Toxic Masculinity

    How Males can use their innate skills to protect females and advance/improve society

    Kectil Male Promise Leaders Program

    General Introduction

    Although women suffrage was mostly achieved by mid 19th Century and women’s rights to vote were respected across the world, the quest for gender equity and women economic empowerment has continued. Gender debates have dominated the international scene in recent years. Consequently, UN Women was formed 10 years ago to lobby for women’s equal treatment. The plight of women mainly stems from the patriarchal culture in most communities, where females are treated badly and hated at the expense of their male counterparts.

    Since the success of Women Liberation Movements and consequent acknowledgement of women’s rights at both national and international levels coupled with the constant activism, gender equity has been partly achieved in the West and good work is happening in the developing countries. Men and boys all around the world are an ally in advancing women’s rights. Women can now do pretty much whatever they like in the political, social, and economic spaces thanks to the early frontrunners in gender activism.

    However, the next gender issue now involves how men and boys live in the community. Male sufferings have mostly been overlooked and men and boys receive little attention from development initiatives. It is paradoxical that, although women experience more violence and depression than men, the rate of suicide in Males is still several times higher.

    According to the WHO, close to 800 000 people commit suicide annually, the majority being men. The lack of attention to men’s suffering is simply appalling. Women have been affected by the shift in perception of gender. Some are unsure of what their roles are in their families, whether or not those roles matter anymore, etc. Things have changed from the male-dominated work and breadwinning approach.


    1. Stereotypes and Cultures that hurt males

    Whilst there are stereotypes that inflict great harm on the male psyche, there are some cultures that ingrain a specific response from males. Whether that males may not show emotion in a public platform, or a specific stigma about visiting a psychologist for help with mental health issues, a man is a human and deserves to be treated like such. However, this also means that there may be tension amongst males and females regarding the stereotypes that afflict males during their daily lives.

    It is with this in mind that we would like to probe further and listen to your input as Kectil Colleagues and the Kectil Generation, especially with regards to how these stereotypes and cultures can be identified and dealt with in a way that brings to life real life issues and emotions that Males are able to express openly.

    According to the Journal of Counseling Psychology, men who buy into traditional gender norms are less likely to seek out mental health support when they need it. They are also more likely to have poor outcomes from prescribed treatment when they seek help, because these mental roadblocks on what a “real man” should be doing often prevents them from fully engaging in treatment – a real detriment in any way that it is perceived.

    Please watch these two videos by Ben Hurst and Conner Beaton for a clearer vision:


    What male stereotypes can you identify within your immediate community? Explain why you believe these are stereotypes. (less than 200 words)

    What measures do you believe can be instituted in order to ensure that these stereotypes can be broken down? (less than 400 words)

    How do you think we can change the points of view of older generations in order to see the harm that male stereotypes are having on the younger generations’ mental health? (less than 400 words)

    2. Healthy versus Toxic masculinity

    Healthy masculinity comes from a developed and connected place, one of compassion and strength. There are several foundational elements, including grounding, presence, emotional awareness, emotional release, self-love, and compassion. Healthy masculinity exists in a man who is both grounded and present, who is aware of and able to feel and process his emotions. It exists in a man who has compassion for others and the world, and therefore has some measure of self-love. Healthy masculinity sees challenges in the world and then looks within for the solution. This man is capable of loving himself and therefore has extra love to give to others. His default is to give, not take.

    Contrastingly, unhealthy masculinity exists in a man who is unable to feel most of his emotions and who buries them instead of expressing or processing them. It exists in a man who has little compassion for others and the world and who does not love himself. This man has a fragile ego structure in place of self-love and blames others for his problems instead of looking within. This man attaches to others for support and may appear to love them, but actually just needs them. His default is to take, not give.


    Do you believe that toxic masculinity is still evident within today’s society? Please substantiate your answer. (less than 300 words)

    Can toxic masculinity be unlearnt? Please elaborate on your answer (less than 200 words)

    How, as a Kectil Colleague, would you go about shifting the narrative from toxic to healthy masculinity? (less than 300 words)

    What do you believe the benefits of integrating a sense of healthy masculinity into a community are? (less than 200 words)

    How do you believe we can enhance healthy masculinity practices within our communities, especially in the context of lockdown and the pandemic? (less than 300 words)

    3. How Males can use their innate skills to protect females and advance/improve society

    While masculinity and femininity can be perceived as biological concepts, they are rather social constructs and differ from one culture to another. Community development requires both the efforts of men and women, but men and boys play an important part not only in achieving gender equity but in other political and economic affairs as well.

    Males are especially well-positioned to supporting women and development. By virtue of the massive circulation of testosterone in male bodies and the vast amount of muscles, they are relatively stronger than women in terms of physical activity. On the other hand, women have been found to live longer than men and are more resistant to infections. According to a WHO report, in 2016, the global life expectancy was 74.2 years for females and 69.8 years for males.


    What natural abilities do you think men have to support females and transform the community? (not more than 100 words)

    Comment on how males are using their natural abilities in your community (not more than 150 words)

    The world has seen great milestones in the area of women empowerment. This came with a shift in roles among men and women. What impacts do you see women liberation movements have on males in your society? (less than 500 words)

    Single out an outstanding young male in your country/ region who you believe is putting their abilities to good use. Write about what this person is doing (with facts) and why you chose them among the many (less than 300 words)

    How do you think women and men can work together to develop the community they live in? (not more than 200 words)

    What shape should an ideal women liberation movement in the contemporary world take Physical ability (less than 200 words)


    Assemble 4-6 of your peers between the ages 18-26 for a discussion session that you lead on the situation of male roles in society in your country. Although the lockdown order may have been relaxed in some countries, we do not want any of you to risk your health. Please do not organize face-to-face panel discussions. We highly recommend you to do online meetings on Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or alternative channels convenient for you.

    Discuss the following and submit a short report of the outcome.

    Over the past two years, Kectil has run the male promise leaders’ campaign in order to ensure that men are held accountable to both their actions, as well as educating other men on how to break destructive stereotypes whilst establishing prosperity within their communities. It is such a good time to be a part of the Kectil Generation, especially as the Male Promise consists of very important, and for some uncomfortable, discussions. To give you some context, this is what the Kectil Male Promise entails:

    i) When you see a female you find attractive, you must ask yourself this VERY important question. “If I am with this female and she gets pregnant, would I be willing to take care of her and the baby with a full commitment?” If the answer is no, then put your hands in your pocket and walk away.

    ii) I agree not to hit or physically or mentally attack a female.

    iii) I agree to keep my eyes open as a protector to identify situations in which a female is at risk and will try to take reasonable steps to help if possible.

    iv) I will encourage other males to take the Kectil Promise Leaders Pledge.


    Does the panel agree with this pledge?

    How would you go about encouraging males to take the ‘Kectil Male Promise?’

    What do you believe can be added to the Male Promise, and why?

    What responsible steps do you believe are constituted in facilitating other females who find themselves in risky situations?


    Your Kectil submission should reflect your thoughts and not be copied from another source. Plagiarism is a violation of the Kectil Code. Over the past few years, we have received several submissions that were whole scale taken from another source. If you want to quote a source, that is fine, but the source must be identified with enough detail that someone else can find the source. Also, only small aspects of your submission should come from another source. For example, if you describe a speech, it is fine to quote the speech. If you want to use reference material or a review article, cite it as your source. There are software programs that can be run to identify plagiarized material. If we receive a submission that looks like the submitter did not write it, we can easily check it with the software program that teachers use. We do not expect any of our talented Kectil Colleagues to plagiarize material intentionally. We just want you to be aware of what the rules are.

    We can’t wait to receive your submissions! We will post every submission on the Kectil Colleagues website so don’t miss out! Let the Colleagues hear from you and also learn from what they have to say. And work toward receiving one of the monthly Kectil Assignment Awards for your region!

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