What is an APPG?
“All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.”
The inaugural meeting took place on 16th March 2021
- Chair: Mark Jenkinson MP
- Vice-chairs: Lord Fred Ponsonby; Baroness Margaret Eaton; Ben Bradley MP; Nick Fletcher MP.
‘To raise awareness of disadvantages and poor outcomes faced by men and boys in education, mental and physical health and law; to influence attitudes, role models, policy and legislation that will lead to positive differences to their well-being and lives.‘
Project 1: ‘A boy today’
Equi-law UK as secretariat
The APPG leadership, agenda and activities of the APPG is determined by the APPG itself. The role of Equi-law UK is not to offer specific solutions or policies, but to promote the establishment of the group, provide its secretariat and to promote discussion of these issues so that they are considered and addressed by the parliamentary process.
Potential future issues
- 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, separated fathers and shared parenting
- 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
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.