Gender-based violence (GBV) predominately affects women and girls, and cuts across class, race, age and all other social strata. It's crucial to work with women & girls to tackle (GBV), but it's becoming increasingly clear that as a major part of the problem, men and boys are also part of the solution.
+ Why work with men and boys?
Men and boys are the major perpetrators of gender-based violence, and major root cause of gender-based violence is negative, harmful aspects of masculinity - we can only shift these norms by engaging with those who hold them. Also, working with men and boys doesn't just help women & girls - it can also have a transformative effects on the lives of males by freeing them from the harmful and limiting aspects of masculinity.
This certainly doesn't mean we should stop working with women and girls - but we also need to target men and boys alongside this to achieve lasting change.
Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing a series of pieces around engaging men & boys. The centerpiece to this is a collection of testimonials from men of all ages worldwide*, asking them about gender-based violence is in their country and how they think they can help end it. You can the responses so far on the map below.
We'll also be publishing content on many different aspects of engaging men & boys. Scroll down to see all our pieces as they're released.
If you would like to contribute to this series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Testimonials reflect the views of those interviewed, and may not represent the opinions of Youth For Change.