[Text on screen]: The suicide rate for men is three times higher than that of women in the UK.

Men are more likely to become homeless.

Statutory paternity leave is just two weeks…while new mothers can take up to a year off work.

How human rights tackle men’s issues:

Just as with with women, there are some human rights issues that disproportionately affect men. Three times more men than women take their lives each year.

The Samaritans have suggested this is because: men are less likely to seek help for mental health issues and men are more likely to respond to stress by taking risks or misusing alcohol and drugs.

Hospitals, police and local authorities must protect patients at risk of suicide thanks to the Human Rights Act.

Roughly 80% of people sleeping rough in the UK are men. Partly because local authorities must prioritise finding homes for mothers and children…so single, older men are at the back of the queue. These men are not being granted their rights to health, family life and dignity which are protected under treaties like The Human Rights Convention and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Men are less likely to attend university than women with the same socioeconomic background. In 2017, around 30,000 fewer men than women enrolled in university in the UK.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.”

New parents in the UK are allowed to take shared parental leave…but only 1% of men have taken it so far. A lack of financial support means many fathers can’t afford to, and a quarter of fathers don’t even know about the right.

Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) often give men’s rights a bad name when they bully women online for speaking about feminist issues. But talking about men’s rights doesn’t have to mean women’s rights are given less importance.

Men and women both face unique challenges…we should all be free to enjoy the human rights were entitled to.
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Men’s rights are human rights, too

Published on 29 Nov 2019

Men’s rights and women’s rights go hand in hand, but there are some worrying trends that seem to affect men in particular.

Why do some human rights issues disproportionately affect men? Rough sleeping, suicide and mental health are just a few of the concerning issues men tackle on a disproportionate basis. Learn more about men’s rights by watching our video.

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