Gender inequality remains a critical challenge and threatens to severely undermine progress towards the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). This continued challenge is recognised in the policies and commitments of various development agencies. But while many gender equality policies and programmes only target and work with women and girls, compelling evidence and experience shows that engaging men and boys in these processes is crucial for lasting change.
Sexual and gender-based Violence
This briefing highlights some implications for policy from the learning in the EMERGE project. It makes the case for reframing policy on gender equality in order to more productively factor in men and boys, and it suggests actions and approaches that policy makers can take to reframe policy in this area.
EMAP is a one-year primary prevention intervention developed for humanitarian settings, created by the International Rescue Committee for. It provides staff in humanitarian settings with an evidence-based curriculum and field-tested approach for engaging men in transformative individual behaviour change, guided by the voices of women. The EMAP framework, Accountable Practice, provides a method and structure for honouring women’s leadership and developing male engagement in a way that improves, rather than endangers, the lives of women and girls in conflict-affected settings.
This manual provides the resources and tools for organizations and practitioners in post-conflict settings based on work conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to sustainably engage men in gender-based violence prevention through Living Peace groups. The methodology is based on good practices with male social group-therapy programs and gender-transformative group educational programs developed by Promundo.
SASA! is a community mobilisation intervention developed in Uganda to prevent VAW and HIV/AIDS. SASA! is an evidenced-based methodology that takes a gender relational approach by working at multiple social levels with a range of stakeholders. The approach moves beyond having a focus only on individual relationships, which has shown to impact the wider community rather than being limited to individual participants. The SASA! website provides various strategy, learning and advocacy resources.
This curriculum is a capacity development resource to support members of the Regional Learning Community for East and Southeast Asia and other practitioners to challenge and transform patriarchal masculinities, more effectively promote gender equality and human rights and prevent violence. The report consists of eight chapters that present various themes related to masculinities and gender justice and provides learning activities that can be used in workshop settings.
This training guide from Rozan, a Pakistan-based NGO, is designed for use by facilitators and programme planners who seek to engage young men in issues around gender-based violence and masculinities. It is designed as a 15 session series that can be run with groups of 10-25 men in community settings. The overall objectives are to help participants understand the structural influences in the constructions of masculinities and recognise its impact on issues such as health, gender roles and relationships.
This is a practical guide for families and communities to develop violence free-education. The guide is divided into three modules: methods for the prevention of intra-family violence, the promotion of child development, and the rights of children and adolescents. It also presents group work techniques, and offers a list of bibliographical references, websites, and organizations working to end violence.
Erin Stern discusses the work of Kembatti Mentti Gezzimma in Ethiopia, which includes involving men and boys in efforts to abandon female genital mutilation/cutting.
This blog, written by Alexa Hassink and Nadia Shabani of Promundo, highlights the successful work of the Living Peace programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It sets out some lessons learnt from the programme, which could be useful for work to promote gender equality and heal trauma in other post-conflict settings.