SUPPORT OF ACTIONS TO ELEMENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN THROUGH ENGAGING MEN IN GENDER BASED VIOLATION PREVENTION VIA COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COUNCILS
This program was generously funded by the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Over three years, Instituto Promundo with support from the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, implemented a multi-country project (India, Brazile, Chile and Rawanda) to engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and promote gender equality. Project activities in each country varied but all included educational workshops with men and young men on gender equity and training programs with partner staff on evidence-based methodologies for the prevention of violence against women.
In India, through youth groups, advocacy campaigns and community outreach more than 1500 men and youth were educated on the consequences of gender-based violence and prevention tools. Themes of masculinity, gender, violence against women and sexuality were central to the efforts. As a result of workshops, men self-reported doing their own washing and participating more equally in household responsibilities and boys self-reported advocating for their sisters’ right to an education. Participants developed individual plans to address the prevalence of violence against women in their own lives. Additionally, the group as a whole devised community education plans for their villages to educate their neighbors on these issues. In India the local leadership councils, Panchayats, were targeted to promote change in attitudes and behaviors related to GBV among adult and young men community leaders. In each country partner organizations had, before the project, carried out the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), a comprehensive multi-country household survey of men’s attitudes on various topics related to gender equality, including men’s self-reports of using violence against women and attitudes about violence against women.
Objective of Intervention: To promote increased involvement of men and boys in promotion of gender equality and the reduction of violence against women and girls
Project Area: Ten villages in each three districts namely of Pratapgarh, Jaunpur and Gazipur of Uttar Pradesh
Project Partners: Tarun Chetna, in Pratapgarh, Azad Shiksha Kendra in Jaunpur, Purtiand Sansthan, Gazipur