CARE's Research: Why Masculinities Matter

CARE's Research: Why Masculinities Matter

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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. The study was conducted from 2012 to 2013, and was supported by Partners for Prevention (a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention in Asia and the Pacific). The report explores men’s knowledge, practices and social attitudes towards gender and gender-based violence in four sites across Sri Lanka. The survey provides baseline indicators for CARE programming, as well as a wealth of information on gendered attitudes norms, and practices of women and men that can be applied to enhance gender-based violence prevention, health, youth and empowerment interventions.

The lead researcher was Professor Neloufer de Mel, Fellow – Women, Globalization and Religion Program, Yale University & Professor in English from the Department of English, University of Colombo. Pradeep Peiris, formerly head of Social Indicator, Director-Social Scientists Association, was involved in study design, implementation, data analysis and interpretation. The recommendations chapter was developed by Shyamala Gomez. The field research was conducted by Social Indicator, the research arm of the Center for Policy Alternatives. Read the report here.