Needed: a new model of masculinity to stop violence against girls and women

To look for men as well as women who are active against such violence, to find out what they do and why, to be able to bring them together, – and with women activists – in order to re-vitalise the movements against violence, UNICEF/Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) in 1997 supported some 160 interviews with “activists,” each of whom was doing something to stop some form of violence against girls and women in South Asia. Over one third interviewees are men, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Their examples can help guide us towards new models of masculinity, and stimulate thinking about what is needed for more boys and men to say “NO” to beating and killing women as part of what a supposedly “real man” does.

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