2016: The year of Engaging Men and Boys in stopping gender-based violence

How a school curriculum-based approach can work

Gender-based violence devastates the lives of women, girls, families and communities worldwide. But progress to reduce gender-based violence is possible – and reaching young people through education is key. This briefing paper describes CARE’s work to engage men and boys through a curriculum-based approach in order to challenge and change the social norms and attitudes that cause and perpetuate violence. It concludes with recommendations focusing on the role that donors, governments, civil society and education specialists can play to ensure that successes can be replicated and scaled up.

The paper outlines how CARE has developed programmes to engage men and boys for over 15 years, drawing in particular on evidence from the curriculum-based approach developed in the Balkans, and on a three-year pilot programme in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Key recommendations include governments including discussion about gender roles, healthy sexual relationships, positive masculinities and femininities, violence prevention and gender equality in the school curriculum; and donors funding specific programmes such as curriculum approaches that target men and boys for GBV reduction, in addition to providing funding for women's organisations and supporting services for survivors.

Also published in French

  • Countries: Bosnia and Herzegowina, Burundi, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Global, Serbia
  • Published: November 2015

Related Publications

Suffering in silence: The 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2017

The year 2017 was marked by scores of humanitarian crises: armed conflicts, natural disasters, climate shocks, hunger, displacement. While most of these crises made the headlines, there are others which barely made the news. And when crises are... Read more...


Left behind: How the world is failing women and girls on refugee family reunion

This report, based on new research from Greece and elsewhere, highlights how the failure to provide safe and legal routes for refugees, in particular for family reunion, has gendered impacts on women and girls left stranded in countries of... Read more...


Men and boys in displacement: Assistance and protection challenges for unaccompanied boys and men in refugee contexts

Refugee women and children face specific risks and their needs are, quite rightly, highlighted and addressed by the humanitarian community. However, the situation and specific needs of single male refugees is often less understood. This report... Read more...


CARE International response to ILO Questionnaire on “Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work”

CARE International’s response to the International Labour Organisation Questionnaire sets out why CARE views a possible new Convention as a great opportunity to reduce the prevalence of the gender-based violence which faces the women workers... Read more...


Ensuring universal access to family planning in crisis-affected settings: Key messages and policy asks

Of the 225 million women with unmet need for family planning, many live in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters. Delivering family planning services in these settings is critical to ensuring countries meet their FP2020 goals, as well... Read more...


‘I know I cannot quit’: The prevalence and productivity cost of sexual harassment to the Cambodian garment industry

This report presents the findings of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment... Read more...


Make words matter: The Syria crisis in United Nations statements

The Make Words Matter policy paper documents UN resolutions passed during the course of the Syria conflict, and statements made by senior UN officials, senior national policymakers/leaders, and Syrian civil... Read more...


Sharing the responsibility: The UK’s contribution to hosting refugees

CARE International is calling on the UK government to do more to assist people fleeing crises around the world, to host vulnerable refugees in the UK, and to show global leadership on this issue. This briefing paper outlines our priority asks to... Read more...


She is a humanitarian

Women’s participation in humanitarian action drawing on global trends and evidence from Jordan and the Philippines

This report, based on extensive research and consultations by CARE International, argues that efforts to protect... Read more...