No man left behind

The Lancet Global Health Editorial

The fight for equal political, social, and economic entitlements for women is rightfully front-and-centre in the public consciousness, after centuries of injustices experienced by women, particularly those in marginalised groups. As such, the term gender equality is often thought of as synonymous with female empowerment; as one example, the fifth Sustainable Development Goal includes both in a single breath. But this misconception overlooks part of the equation: the inequalities disadvantaging men.