All Party Parliamentary Group
on Issues Affecting
Men and Boys
Update 20 Feb 2021
We now have sufficiant interest from members of both houses and both major parties.
A date for the inaugural meeting has been set for mid-March
Officers agreed by this update
- Chair: Mark Jenkinson MP
- Vice-chairs: Christina Rees MP; Ben Bradley MP; Lord Fred Ponsonby
Interested members (including officers)
MPs: Con: 7; Lab: 1; SNP 1
Peers: Con 1; Lab 3; LibDem:1; Cross-Bench:2
Issues starting point
Issues outlined in the House of Commons Library Briefing for the debate on International Men’s Day 2020.
- The high male suicide rate
- The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment and re-skilling
- Men’s health (including male cancers), shorter life expectancy, infertility and workplace deaths
- The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
- Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
- The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
- Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
- The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers
‘To promote positive conversations about the lives of men and boys; to raise awareness of disadvantages and poor outcomes faced by them in education, health and law; to influence attitudes, policy and legislation that will lead to positive differences to their well-being and lives.‘
The leadership, agenda and activities of the APPG will be determined by the APPG itself. The role of Equi-law UK is simply to promote the establishment of the group and to provide secretarial support if requested to do so.
Equi-law UK does not offer specific solutions or policies. It simply seeks to promote discussion of these issues and that the problems should be considered and addressed by the parliamentary process.
APPG potential actions
- Events in Parliament on specific issues.
- Early Day Motions.
- Written questions.
- Oral questions for the chambers.
- Submissions for Select Committees.
- Publish reports.
- Full debates (Westminster Hall and Main Chamber).
- Press releases and Tweets.
- Advocacy letters.