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.
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.
March 20, 2012, was a day like any other spring day. The day was bright and sunny; the trees were sprouting new green leaves; the flowers were in full bloom; and the birds were singing sweet melodies with joyous hearts. I, however, could not find solace in the warmth of the sun, the beauty of the flowers or the melodies of the birds.
Stategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011 - 2013
41 year old Sonam Thing Lama (Tamang) has been an exemplary resident of Hadikhola VDC, Ward 2 of Makwanpur district in Churia region of Central Nepal. A primary school graduate, Sonam has been involved with CARE Nepal’s SAKCHAM II project’s initiation of the men engagement campaign in his community since 2011.
Nepal’s work on Engaging Men and Boys is part of its Women’s Empowerment Program and Safe Migration Project. The work with men around safe migration emerged from women’s feedback in context of migration work. Some of the strategies that CARE Nepal employs to work with men and boys are:
I am Jhaman Singh Pariyar and I live in Devdaha – 1, Pragati Bazaar, Rupandehi. My wife Maya Pariyar and I have four children – two sons and two daughters. Maya has been working in Saudi Arabia for some time now and although she is supporting our family financially, I wanted her to stay back so that she could take care of our children.