CARE, in collaboration with UN Women and the Institut National des Statistiques /National Institute for Statistics (INSTAT) and Promundo-US, conducted a representative household study using the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in Mali, Sri Lanka, and Croatia. IMAGES is a survey approach created and coordinated by Promundo, an NGO working to promote non-violent and equitable gender relations, and the International Center for Research on Women. It represents one of the most comprehensive multi-country studies ever carried out among men and women aged 18-59 to provide insight on male practices and attitudes in relation to gender equality; participation in caregiving and household dynamics; intimate partner violence and health; the impact of economic stress on gender relations; and the global gender equality agenda.
What are some things we learned?
- In Mali, CARE found that while a majority of men and women think that gender equality is an imported concept, there is hope for change. Young men and women are much more likely to believe in gender equality than the older generation. We also found that education is a key factor for making young me more equitable and less likely to support violence against women.
- In Sri Lanka, CARE found that older women are more likely to uphold harmful gender stereotypes and expectations than young women, or men of any age. The work in Sri Lanka was in partnership with Partners 4 Prevention.
- In Croatia, the report found high rates of work-related stress among men who feel responsible for being the sole breadwinner.
CARE is using this work to shape our programming on gender equality and engaging men and boys.