Sexual and gender-based violence
The devastating impact of sexual violence on lives and communities should not be underestimated.
Men’s Action to Stop Violence Against Women (MASVAW) is a state-wide community intervention initiative and campaign against gender-based violence in Uttar Pradesh, India. MASVAW constitutes a network of men who feel it is their responsibility as individuals and as communities to transform gender relations.
This story of change pulls out the key findings and recommendations from EMERGE case study 8, which focuses on the HarassMap and Imprint initiatives in Egypt. Male and female volunteers are working together to tackle sexual harassment in public spaces.
This story of change pulls out the key findings and recommendations from EMERGE case study 7, which focuses on the work of Living Peace in DRC. This initiative provides support through group therapy for men (and their partners) to reduce sexual and gender based violence and promote equitable gender norms.
How do gender transformative approaches to improve sexual health impact on violence between men and women? Interventions that seek to transform gender roles and relationships between men and women are frequently being referred to as ‘gender transformative’. Stepping Stones is a participatory learning approach with the goal of achieving this change.
Assessing the impact of men’s engagement to prevent gender-based violence, and recognising good practices as they are developed is integral to the future of work to address gender inequalities and the violence that flows from power imbalances between men and women.
Rape and sexual forms of violence against women are often the least visible and reported. While the underlying causes of sexual violence are multiple and complex, among the core causes are unequal gender norms and power dynamics between men and women. It is increasingly argued that men’s use of violence is a learned behaviour, rooted in the ways that boys and men are socialised.
How do masculinities relate to men’s perceptions and perpetrations of violence against women? What do these gendered norms, identities and practices mean for violence prevention?
How does the process of decision-making in female genital cutting shape the practice and the response? What motivates individuals to change, and how do broader social factors or contingencies influence the change process?