This 12 page brief lays out lessons learned from CARE's learning intiative on Engaging Men and Boys.
CARE was one of the first international aid agencies to work in Nepal. Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters. CARE has identified three core themes for its current programs:
- empowering women
- securing livelihoods and effectively managing natural resources
- addressing equity and social justice
CARE works with some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in Nepal, focusing on Dalits (people deemed as lower class), socially excluded indigenous people, poor families, marriageable girls and boys, single women, people with HIV/AIDS, and people affected by conflict or disaster.
A Struggle to Overcome Discrimination in Nepal
My name is Dhan Bahadur Pariyar. I was born 35 years ago into an untouchable-caste family. I live with my 65-year-old father Mate, my 70-year-old mother Mangali, wife Suk Maya and Subash, who is 7.
Because I had been born into a lower caste, I was discriminated against my entire life. When I was 7, upper-caste people scolded me when I tried to drink water from a village water tap. I was surprised.
Tipping Point advocacy efforts are geared towards using learning, documentation and analysis to build evidence for advocacy against early marriage and to support momentum for action and change in Bangladesh, Nepal and more broadly. Recognizing that practices such as early marriage that are rooted in social norms will not be solved solely through legal or policy means, the project’s advocacy extends beyond a focus on formal policies (e.g. minimum age of marriage laws) to include efforts to influence and transform social and structural drivers of early marriage.
It’s July, 2014. What Has Tipping Point Learned So Far?
Child Grooms: Several communities in our working areas of Nepal arrange and celebrate marriages between children aged as young as 4. Brides and grooms might not see each other again until they near puberty, when they are expected to begin marital life. Boys, too, are denied the choice of if, when, and who to marry. In coming months, we will explore the impact on boys.
The Tipping Point project is using a Developmental Evaluation (DE) approach to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) which leads to innovation through a focus on documentation, reflection, and learning so that we can refine strategies at every step of the way. Many people naturally experiment, by trying out new ways of doing something, and then changing what they are doing based on feedback loops and changing needs and demands. However, traditional monitoring and evaluation systems do not usually value or support this experimentation.
Siddartha Samuyadayik Samaj (SSS) works with CARE in Nepal to end child marriage, covering communities in the Rupandehi district. Founded in 2003 years ago, SSS’s vision is a fair and equitable society, and their mission is to create social and economic and health empowerment for women to change their status in society. With 9 board members (all women) and 110 members, 105 of whom are women, SSS currently has programming in 30 VDCs, with partnerships with CARE, World Vision, the United Mission for Nepal, and numerous local and national federations.