Future Plans

A research and information service for Boys and Men.

Equi-law aims to provide high quality evidence and information on the issues which negatively affect men and boys in the UK, helping people make informed choices.

There are a number of different audiences which we hope to help. These are examples of work we hope to undertake in the future if and when the people or funding becomes available. 

Note: Equi-law does not offer advice directly, but will signpost reliable evidence, support services, books etc to help users make informed choices.

Example 1: Information on Male Suicide.

This is an equality issue because 75% of suicides are male. Actions which reduce the number of male suicides is progress towards greater equality.

(The information for this example would be drawn from the evidence and testimonies provided for the inquiry into Male Suicide organised by equi-law UK for the Men&Boys APPG.  While the APPG sought advice on appropriate policies, the same evidence can be used to inform individuals and groups.)

for individual men&boys who feel suicidal.

  • Organisations or places to get help
  • (Note: Equi-law UK does not offer individualised advice)

for individuals or groups offering help to suicidal men&boys

  • Signs the person may be suicidal
  • Different ways in which men&boys experience suicidality
  • Most effective ways to help
  • Least effective attempts to help

for employers on promoting suicide awareness and prevention in the workplace

  • Types of employment with high suicidality
  • Suicide prevention as part of Health and Safety training
  • (then as for ‘Advice for individuals or groups…’ above)

Press releases and notes for editors on male suicide

  • Some general statistics
  • Myths around male suicide (eg ‘men should talk more’)
  • Why male suicide is 3x higher than female
  • Different ways men and women experience and communicate suicidality
  • Groups of men with increased vulnerability
  • Most effective services for men
  • Why ‘more money for the NHS’ will not solve the problem

Example 2: Information on Boy’s Education

This is an equality issue because boys are underachieving (relative to girls) at every level of education.. Actions which improve educational outcomes for boys is progress towards greater equality.

for parents and family of boys

  • Basic statistics of boys’ underachievement in education
  • When the disadvantage starts
  • Ways to help your boy arrive at primary school prepared to learn
  • Developing your boy’s attention and learning skills,

for schools and educators on closing the gender learning gap

  • Basic statistics of boys’ underachievement in education
  • When and why the disadvantage starts
  • Misconceptions about boys and learning
  • Ways to help boys arrive at primary school prepared to learn
  • Developing boys’ attention and learning skills
  • Creating a school environment where learning is ‘cool’

Press releases and notes for editors on boys’ education

  • (As above, but presented as a general interest article)

Other topics

  • 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)
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers, separated fathers and shared parenting
  • Fatherlessness of children
  • Male victims violence 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 in media