The Global Campaign for Men and Boys
The equality4men campaign is concerned with the inequalities that impact men and boys of all backgrounds at every stage of life. The years when boys first enter adulthood are the most vulnerable years of most men’s lives. The following list of 10 reasons we need equality for young men is drawn from our eBook Equality For Men which you can buy today via the link at the bottom of this post.
1. Life Expectancy
In England and Wales, boys and young men aged 15 to 24 are two and a half times more likely to die than women and girls of the same age.
2. Premature Death
Compared with women of the same age, young men are four times more likely to die in an accident, four times more likely to kill themselves and three times more likely to be murdered. On average, five young men die prematurely every single day and most of these deaths are avoidable.
Young men are three times more likely to be murdered than young women with 3 young men being murdered every week in England & Wales.
There are over 80 countries that still conscript young adults, mostly men, into the armed forces. Over half of British soldiers who die each year are young men aged under 26. Young men who take on a protector role by serving in the armed forces may be at greater risk of suicide. For example, young men under 24 who leave the armed forces are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
Young men (including male graduates) are 50% more likely to be unemployed than young women.
6. The Young Male Pay Gap
Young men in their twenties now earn less than young women in their twenties.
7. Sexual Health
We spend less time, money and energy promoting young men’s sexual health and wellbeing. When the National Chlamydia Screening Programme launched in 2003, for example, it helped 13 times more women than men, even though the infection was equally prevalent in both sexes.
8. Criminal Justice
Young men are more likely to be sent to jail if they break the law. Young women account for 20% of all youth crime but only 6% of those held in young offender institutions. Young male offenders who are placed in institutions are a high suicide risk being 18 times more likely to kill themselves than average.
9. Victims of Crime
Young men are four times more likely than any other group to suffer violent crime with more than half (52%) of male victims of mugging and robbery being aged 21 and under
10.Young Male Suicide
For young men in the UK, suicide is now the biggest single cause of death. Eight out of 10 suicidal young men have experienced bullying and seven out of 10 have experienced violence from an adult.
References for all the above statistics—and much besides—can be found in our eBook Equality For Men by Glen Poole which you can download now for £10 via the following link:
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