Browse by Theme: Engaging Men & Boys

Goal 16 in the Sustainable Development Goals is one of the poor relations in the mix. Both more complex and contentious than many of the proposed 17, it seeks to secure peaceful and open societies as a global target, and is vital. However, to be truly transformational, and to have a chance of surviving the negotiations in 2015, gender has to be a core part of its formulation.

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Where culture is a major barrier to women accessing health care, engaging men in community-based development is an effective way to increase women’s access to health – and promote women’s empowerment more generally – even in contexts affected by conflict and natural disaster, as I saw for myself on a recent visit to Afghanistan...

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Today’s London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan. With violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans, it is a vital moment to remind the world not to abandon Afghanistan.

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From 25 November to 10 December #16DaysofActivism, CARE country offices around the world will be joining with their partners and communities to raise voices to challenge gender-based violence. In a number of countries, men will be both a target group for activism – and activists themselves, helping to challenge the attitudes and norms that keep violence recurring.

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After the global summit on sexual violence ended, CARE International UK’s conflict policy team set ourselves the task of making sure the interesting ideas we heard did not stop there. Over the next few months we will be scoping out plans for a regional campaign in the Great Lakes of Africa on changing male attitudes to women and sexual violence through the school curricula in each country as part of our focus on protecting and empowering women in conflict. Suggestions of reading or contacts and any tips very welcome.

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On arrival in Rwanda I was struck by a small but significant detail. There on a notice board advising people on the usual emergency services contact numbers was one for gender-based violence. This,  as I learnt  in the course of my visit, was no isolated gesture but one of a number of related ways in which Rwandans are challenging traditional gender roles as a way to address a culture of violence.

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CARE had a big role at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June – and you’ve read on Insights what we think the Summit achieved, and what are the challenges ahead. But what is CARE doing now to turn the talk into action?

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