Men & Boys

Bangladesh Masculinities

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.  To this end, CARE comissioned a study on masculinities in Bangladesh.

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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.

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CARE International Sri Lanka’s ‘Empowering Men to Engage and Redefine Gender Equality’ (EMERGE) project is a pioneering effort that addresses persistent issues of gender inequality and GBV through the engagement of men. The emphasis of the EMERGE project is on working with men and boys to transform attitudes, perceptions and practices of gender inequality.

Broadening Gender

CARE International Sri Lanka’s ‘Empowering Men to Engage and Redefine Gender Equality’ (EMERGE) project is a pioneering effort that addresses persistent issues of gender inequality and GBV through the engagement of men. The emphasis of the EMERGE project is on working with men and boys to transform attitudes, perceptions and practices of gender inequality.

 

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The study, “Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter – a study on attitudes, practices and gender-based violence in four districts in Sri Lanka” was conducted by CARE International Sri Lanka, under the EMERGE project (Empowering Men to Engage and Redefine Gender Equality) and launched in April 2013.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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A resident of Manhari VDC, Makwanpur, 16-year old Yogendra GC’s mother has been working in a Gulf country for a few years now and life for him and his 13-year old little sister has been tough. “My father has abandoned us and married someone else, that is why our mother had to find foreign employment to take care of us,” shares Yogendra. Their mother has been sending money so that Yogendra and his little sister can continue their studies and have a comfortable life. However until not too long ago, while he went to study (he is in 11th grade), his sister looked after the house.

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