A Euronews original series on men challenging universal stereotypes and fighting for gender equality.

Don't show your emotions, be strong, be the breadwinner, don't let a woman tell you what to do, be aggressive, don't express your fears: these phrases are drummed into many men’s heads from childhood, telling them how to behave like 'real men'.

The problem with these attitudes is that they do not only harm women, but also men themselves, as they suffer from their efforts to 'man up' and feel embarrassed when they are not able to fit this stereotype.

With the aim of promoting global discussion on healthy masculinity, Euronews is unveiling a one-year-long editorial project called 'Cry Like A Boy', bringing you surprising stories of men defying centuries of stereotypes. We are travelling to five developing African nations to show that finding new ways of being a man is a universal challenge and, most importantly, that men need to step up and be part of the solution to the lingering issues at the root of gender inequality.

Stay tuned and share your stories with the hashtag #CryLikeaBoy

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme.

This fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.