This paper describes the intervention design and implementation and presents the baseline findings of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of a two-year, theory-based community-mobilisation intervention that aimed to change gender norms and reduce HIV risk in rural Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It is among the first community approach RCTs to evaluate a gender transformative intervention, which should increase the potential for impact in desired outcomes and be useful for future scale-up if proven effective.
Tools and guides
This toolkit has been prepared to help organizations and governments to support the review of and update existing policies to ensure they fully engage men and boys to promote their positive roles in improving sexual and reproductive health – both their own and those of women and children. The toolkit explains why this is important and how to achieve it. It also highlights how engaging men in sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV policies, is not simply a goal in its own right, but can help move towards the goal of gender equity.
This policy brief outlines how the NGO CARE International has developed programmes to engage men and boys for over 15 years with the aim of achieving gender equality. It draws on evidence from the curriculum-based approach developed in the Balkans, and a three-year pilot programme in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. 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.
This good practice brief highlights successful examples and provides concrete methods for involving men and boys in prevention and response to GBV in conflict, post-conflict and humanitarian crisis settings in sub-Saharan Africa. It seeks to identify key areas and priorities for programming and advocacy, and to guide dialogues between multilateral organisations, civil society, government actors and donors addressing GBV prevention and response in the mentioned settings.
This advocacy brief developed by UNESCO is South Asia and the Pacific-specific and presents the rationale for ‘appealing’ to men in gender equality advocacy work and the challenges of doing this. The brief provides a range of advocacy strategies and is a helpful tool for activists and other development actors to gain an overview of advocacy strategies and good practices.
This report is a compilation of three case studies that describe the origins, development and methodologies of 1) Salud y Género’s Work in Mexico, 2) Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas and 3) Stepping Stones, and can be used as a framework by students, activists or other development professionals for discussing or developing intervention methodologies to engage men in addressing gender inequities.
‘Shift’ is an initiative aimed at significantly reducing, and eventually ending, domestic violence in Alberta. This report reviews projects and programs in North America and other countries and identifies seven promising areas for engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention and gives examples of how these have been used as ‘entry points’ of engaging men. The themes include: engaging fathers in domestic violence prevention and and the role of sports and recreation in domestic violence prevention.
This slide show is a brief overview from a webinar that presents the rationale for taking a gender approach in relation to nutrition security. It also presents CARE International’s conceptual framework and programming examples and efforts to bring interventions to scale.
This is an educational manual for working with men to question and challenge harmful views about masculinity and to develop more positive attitudes to prevent unhealthy behaviours that put them and their partners and families at risk. It can also be used to train facilitators who will implement workshop activities with groups of men. Topics covered include ‘gender and power’, ‘sexuality’ and ‘substance use’.
This is a facilitator’s manual for training staff on how to engage men and boys in development programming, and how engaging men and boys for women’s empowerment benefits everyone. It includes a range of activities intended to explore practitioners’ understanding of where gender norms come from. Chapters covered include: ‘gender socialization’, ‘care-giving and fatherhood’, ‘power and violence and sexuality’.
This is a dynamic training manual for promoting equitable partnerships based on a theological and biblical framework that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse communities and societies. The overall goal of the manual is to enable churches and social organisations to promote gender justice and partnership of women and men through the development of leaders, who model good examples. It is intended to make a significant contribution to justice and transformation in church and society.
This is a manual for those working with men and boys on issues of gender and health including sexual and reproductive health, and more specifically on increasing access to safe and stigma free abortion services. It consists of five chapters designed for the facilitator to pick out the topics that are needed. The manual is developed to be used in workshop settings and also as a facilitation guide aimed at building the capacity of individuals and organisations to address specific sexual and reproductive health issues with men and boys.
This manual includes a conceptual framework, activities and a list of resources for working with adolescent and young men in the prevention of violence. The activities are based around three main topics: young men and their emotions, the socialization of gender and construction of masculinities, and types of gender violence and their effects for young men and their environment.
This module is intended to build the skills of participants working to engage boys and men in gender-based violence prevention and reproductive health in conflict and other emergency-response settings. One outcome is to be able to identify action steps to integrate male-engagement activities into participants’ current programmatic work plans. Specific audiences to consider targeting are NGO project managers, field staff, health sector coordinators, health promoters, donor representatives, local representatives of ministries of health, and community liaisons working for UNCHR or other UN agencies.
Program P is an educational manual that provides concrete strategies for engaging men in active caregiving from the stage of their partner’s pregnancy through their child’s early years. It identifies best practices on engaging men in maternal and child health, caregiving, and preventing violence against women and children.
The manual is developed for health workers, social activists, NGOs, educators, and other individuals and institutions that aim to promote men’s roles as caregivers as a starting point for improving family well-being and achieving gender equality.
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.
This manual has the aim of providing a safe and constructive space for men, their partners and daughters to critically reflect on the deeply imbedded cultural and gender norms that devaluate girls and hinder men’s participation as involved fathers. The manual was developed as part of a collaboration between World Vision and Promundo in response to the harmful norms and practices that underpin child marriage in India.
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 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.
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. There is also a video called “Condom Commandos” that presents soldiers in the Angolan army and women living beside the barracks using the SASA! approach, which can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/13184545.