Browse by Theme: Engaging Men & Boys

“Two God’s heads cannot fit in the same pot” says a Rwandan idiom used to justify why women cannot head households. The words we use to describe and talk about gender and violence matter. And yet, when it comes to designing research questionnaires or interventions, the power of language can be forgotten, in our haste to get a programme going. But the potential for real change perhaps lies in the tiny idiosyncrasies of local language, even though it often takes time to uncover such nuances.

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When a charity video starts to go viral you know something is up. As part of its contribution to the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, CARE Norway’s Dear Daddy film packs an emotional punch, and makes no apologies for dividing opinions.

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As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, youth of all genders from the Balkans to the Great Lakes of Africa are joining together to change their societies. CARE International believes we should build on this momentum to make 2016 the Year of Engaging Men and Boys in stopping gender-based violence - and that reaching young people through education is key.

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Comment une approche axée sur les programmes scolaires peut marquer des points !

La violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles décime et détruit les familles et les communautés dans le monde entier. Toutefois, il est possible de réduire la violence sexiste. CARE travaille actuellement sur un module scolaire pilote axé sur l’égalité entre les sexes et sur la violence sexuelle, qui s’appuie sur des approches réussies de lutte contre la violence sexiste, élaborées dans les Balkans, au Burundi et en République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

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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.

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20 years after the Beijing conference the incidence of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) remains outrageously high with one in three women in the world condemned to experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Nevertheless we should recognise and celebrate the progress that has been made, and highlight initiatives that are making a difference.

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When I arrived in Yasubi, a small and industrious village in the Okapa district of the Papua New Guinea highlands, I could see that most of the services we normally take for granted – like electricity, running water, accessible roads – were absent. Most of the hard-working, coffee-producing families live in traditional round huts, with smoke from a wood fire rising through the grass roof so that, from outside, the structure looks like some huge vegetable just pulled out of a pot of hot water.

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