4 Lessons and Successes of CARE Sri Lanka’s Men Engaging Project
Men & Boys
At summit co-hosted by Angelina Jolie, CARE sounds call to engage men and boys in finding solutions, hosts panel with U.S. Ambassador at Large for Women’s Issues Catherine Russell
Balla Sidibé, Country Director for CARE Côte d’Iviore, weighs in on his personal experiences managing workload and fatherhood.
It was difficult for Suneeta to adjust in her In-laws house even after 5 year of her marriage. She had a 4 year old baby, and her role was very restricted at her in-laws’ home. Her entire day was devoted for house hold chores and taking care of in-laws.
This was the question when we started our program with male field staff. As part of their jobs, the male staff were out in communities challenging social norms around gender. But it was tough to talk about it amongst their own peers, because they were afraid their friends would make fun of them.
CARE's work on Food Security in the Ultra Poor in Bangladesh (FSUP) indicates that the changes for women can only happen if there are broader changes in their environments and communities. This means working with men and boys to help increase women's mobility and access to resources.
Salma says she has seen a “radical change” in her husband Anzu Mia in the past year; he has become committed to supporting the most vulnerable families in his community. In 2009, Anzu contracted tuberculosis and was taken to the hospital.