Browse by Theme: Engaging Men & Boys

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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CARE’s experience demonstrates that achieving real and lasting progress toward gender equality requires proactive work with men and boys alongside work with women and girls. This briefing paper highlights how each element of CARE’s work on engaging men and boys for gender equality functions, and the lessons learnt across each of the six stages.

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CARE’s experience demonstrates that achieving real and lasting progress toward gender equality requires proactive work with men and boys alongside work with women and girls. This briefing paper highlights the stories of change of those men and women, including CARE staff, who have been part of the process.

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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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Two weeks on from the summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and the dust is starting to settle. The positives outweigh the negatives so what next for the issue of gender-based violence and conflict, and what next for CARE?

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