Engaging Men and Boys in Nepal

Engaging Men and Boys in Nepal

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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:

  • Mobilizing of men into support groups and networks from the Village Development Committee level.
  • Including men in participatory learning/action around poverty.
  • Holding monthly couple’s dialogues between women’s groups members and their husbands. Women’s groups selecting male champions to be role models for gender equality, and campaign for local budgets for women and children.

Results for the program include:

  • 35 male champions have now recruited 1,020 supportive men at various levels are demonstrating gender equitable behavior by sharing household responsibilities and have stopped calling their wives using derogatory names. They are also creating an enabling environment for women to make decision.
  • 35 village level men’s support groups are actively participating and advocating for protection and promotion of women’s rights, after training about supportive men on the importance of men engagement, consequences of masculinity, gender roles, gender stereotypes gender division of labor and its impact.
  • REFLECT Centres have created dialogue sessions to break the culture of silence around violence. With this action, men are realizing the consequences of their risky and violent behavior. Women are using such opportunities to demand accountability and work with men counterparts on gender based issues.
  • By doing home visits, organizing one to one interactions, advocacy campaigns and interaction with service providers and traditional faith healers, men campaigners are mainly reaching out to those men who are alcoholic and abusive. As a result, a number of men are joining the men engagement campaign which is helping to reduce alcoholism in their respective community.
  • Community organizations and local governments are recognizing male champions for their contribution in challenging existing structures and norms that promote inequality. These men have been felicitated by community’s schools and local government.