Kishor Varta case study

MenEngage Alliance is pleased to launch the first of three case studies intended to draw attention to Alliance members’ work on community mobilization and faith-based approaches to gender justice, developed by the Global Secretariat as part of a 2015 grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). Each summarizes a particular project’s goals, methodologies, contexts, implementation, challenges and outcomes, offering in conclusion a brief assessment designed to provide value for Alliance members undertaking similar work.

The first case study profiles Kishor Varta, an interactive, mobile phone-based platform using audio stories to provide boys and young men with information on gender, health and sexual and reproductive health in order to change unjust gender norms and reduce gender discrimination against girls and women in rural India. The programme, currently being implemented in Rajasthan State by the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) and a local partner organization, Manjari, has been enthusiastically received, based both on data aggregating calls received to date and its reception among education officials, who have authorized its introduction into all higher secondary schools in Bundi District.

Click here for a PDF of the Kishor Varta case study.