Engaging Men in Public Policies for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls

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As in other regions of the world, violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a serious health and human rights issue in Latin America and the Caribbean. The rate of physical violence used by men against a female partner, current or former, between the ages of 15 and 49 ranges from 13.4 percent to 52.3 percent, depending upon the country, while the rate of sexual violence used by men against a female partner, current or former, ranges from 5.2 percent to 15.2 percent. Current or former male partners are the most frequent perpetrators of violence against women.

As the magnitude of VAWG has become clearer, national and international institutions have initially focused on protecting victims of VAWG and punishing aggressors with laws, policies, guidelines, and programs. Today, however, there is consensus that to prevent VAWG, and to undertake efforts to eliminate it, men and boys must be engaged as part of the solution.

After 20 years of research and programming on masculinities in LAC, there is now a large body of knowledge on a variety of topics, contexts, and approaches to engaging men and boys. However, the majority of impact evaluations of rigorously designed interventions aiming to prevent and eliminate VAWG have been carried out in high-income countries

The purpose of this report is to review impact-evaluated programs that engage men in the prevention and elimination of VAWG. Its objective is to provide evidence regarding efforts in the region to prevent and eradicate all forms of VAWG used by men, and to outline effective interventions and highlight progress in the field, as well as the obstacles, lessons learned, and challenges.