Masculinity in Bangladesh

Masculinity in Bangladesh

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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. 

CARE's work on food security recognizes a crucial need to engage men and boys in how families make decisions to feed children, if boys and girls get the same foods, and what foods they eat. As part of thie process, CARE works with community members to establish Ending Violence through Engaging Men forums, which is a space facilited by the project where young men and adoloscent boys meet twice monthly and discuss issues like gender socialization, masculinity, power dynamics, sexuality and reproductive health, and gender-based violence. To date, the project has 645 Ending Violence through Engaging Men forums in 600 villages and now 200 male role models have been identified by the community.

CARE also comissioned a study on masculinities in Bangladesh. This study shows us how men think about their own roles in the family and community, and how those roles can either support or hurt the men and their families.  These valuable insights are helping us target our programming to have better impacts.


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Watch more about CARE's experiences in Bangladesh to engage men for food security and to end violence.