EQUALITY 4 MEN

The Global Campaign for Men and Boys

10 key inequalities facing men and boys in Wales….

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Many of the key inequalities faced by men and boys across the UK are listed in out book Equality For Men. Here we list ten key equalities that are faced specifically by men and boys in Wales. We have produced this list in support of the men’s advocacy group Alliance Cymru who have sent a copy of Equality For Men to every Assembly Member in Wales:

1. Father Involvement

Fathers in Wales are less involved in the upbringing of their children for a wide variety of reasons. One in four children in Wales have no relationship with their biological father. (1) Mothers are three times more likely to read to their children everyday than fathers. (2)

2. Boys With Special Needs

Boys are more likely than girls to be identified with Special Educational Needs (SEN). 70% of children in Wales who are registered with SEN are boys. Boys are nine times more likely than girls to be identified with an autistic spectrum disorder Boys are four times more likely to be identified as having a behavioural, emotional or social difficulty. (3)

2. Boys’ Education

More than 12,000 Welsh boys a year are excluded from school with boys being three times more likely to be excluded than girls. (4)  When they leave school teenage boys are twice as likely to have no qualifications (5) and 50% more likely to end up not in employment, education or training (NEET). (6)

4. Child Abuse

Boys are more likely than girls to be abused and neglected by their parents. According to official data on children who are placed on the children protection register boys are at greater risk than girls of being physical abused, emotionally abused and neglected. Boys also account for 50% of children who are on the child protection register because of sexual abuse. (7)

5. Male Suicide

Five men a week die from suicide in Wales with men being nearly four times more likely than women to kill themselves.

One of the most vulnerable age groups in Wales is men aged 40-44 who are 8 times more likely to kill themselves than women of same age. (8)

6. Men’s Health

Men in Wales can expect to die four years younger than women on average (9) (10) with 40% of men dying before the age of 75. (11) Men who are defined as unskilled have a life expectancy of under 73 years, over seven years fewer than professional men. (11)

7. Employment

Men are three times more likely that women to work more than 45 hours a week (29.3 per cent of men worked 45 hours or more compared with 9.2 per cent of women) (12). Men are also 50% more likely to be unemployed. (13)

8. Domestic Violence

More than a third (36%) of victims of domestic violence in Wales are men but fewer than one in ten of perpetrators convicted are women. (14)

9. Road Traffic Accidents

Based on the most recent figures men are four times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident. (15)

10. Satisfaction

Men in Wales are more likely to report that they are not satisfied with their lives than women. (16)

To help raise awareness of these issues amongst politicians in Wales we’ve teamed up with the men’s advocacy group Alliance Cymru who have sent a copy of our book, Equality For Men, to every Assembly Member in Wales.

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REFERENCES:

(1) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7959970.stm

(2) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2012/121219sb1212012en.pdf

(3) http://learning.wales.gov.uk/docs/learningwales/publications/0803estynclosingen.pdf

(4) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2013/130226-exclusions-schools-2011-12-en.pdf

(5) http://wales.gov.uk/statistics-and-research/pupils-leaving-full-time-education-with-no-qualifications/?lang=en

(6) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2013/131016-young-people-not-education-employment-training-year-30-june-2013-en.pdf

(7) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2013/131126-local-authority-child-protection-registers-en.pdf

(8)http://www.samaritans.org/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/research/Samaritans%20Suicide%20Statistics%20Report%202013.pdf

(9)http://wales.gov.uk/statistics-and-research/life-expectancy/?lang=en

(10) https://statswales.wales.gov.uk/Catalogue/Health-and-Social-Care/Life-Expectancy/LifeExpectancy-by-LocalAuthority-Gender

(11) http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/nurses-want-mens-health-strategy-2494775

(12) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2012/121206sb1172012en.pdf

(13) http://www.assemblywales.org/13-004.pdf

(14) The ManKind Initiative

(15) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2011/110803sdr252010ren.pdf

(16) http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2013/130130-national-survey-wales-jan-mar-2012-wellbeing-en.pdf

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