First Man Standing

A First Man Standing is a man who stands up against sexism.

Our website has been set up to inspire and celebrate First Men Standing: from our personal story project to our collection of online resources, our aim is to learn from each other how to live out gender equality and respect. Our vision is to build a movement of men committed to gender equality, standing alongside women to make change a reality. Gender injustice affects us all and it’s up to all of us to end it.

Latest stories

A Businessman, Fireman, Policeman - Where Are the Women?

Anonymous, Men: Friends , United Kingdom

Speakers sometimes seem to forget that there are women in the audience - and address just the men.

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Our fight too

Anonymous, Men: Public Space, United Kingdom

Find out about a man who is making a difference in ending violence against women.

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Equality at home

Anonymous, Men: Family, United Kingdom

Imagine that we allocated our household chores on the basis of skills rather than traditional gender roles.

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Island Rescue

Anonymous, Men: Friends , United Kingdom

A friend who made a practical difference to a women affected by violence.

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Mr Equality

Anonymous, Men: Family, United Kingdom

My husband respects and encourages women.

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My Brother-In-Law: Losing to Gain a Whole Lot More

Aston, Men: Family, United Kingdom

My brilliant brother-in-law is modelling a different way to live.

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Young men can be trailblazers for gender equality

Anonymous, Men: Friends , United Kingdom

David is the most extraordinary champion of women's rights.

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A Friend in Oxford

Hannah Mitchell, Unashamed Campaign, United Kingdom

Someone who's inspired me to keep seeking gender justice is my friend Mike Kent.

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My primary school teacher

Joshua Smedley, Unashamed Campaign, United Kingdom

My primary school teacher told us that the boys in the class would probably earn more than the girls

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My son

Anonymous, Men: Family, United Kingdom

My son told me: 'This is not your fault, Mom. Look at me - it is not your fault.'

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Be the change you want in the world

Welcome to First Man Standing (FMS), an opportunity to be inspired by great examples of how men and women can work together for gender justice and ending violence against women, and an encouragement for you to take action to bring about change.