In their introduction to a multi-country study on men and gender violence in Asia and the Pacific, the authors write: The elimination of harmful gender norms and practices can be achieved through the engagement of men and boys. (…) Ending violence against women requires coherent policies and programmes that emphasize gender equality as non-negotiable and the transformation of social norms.
The notion of ‘engaging men and boys’ has come to mean a lot of things, from men’s role in the anti-domestic violence movement to approaches that range from bystander engagement to tertiary prevention. Because sociocultural differences influence how patriarchy is enforced, how hetero-normative masculinity is defined, and how women’s self-determination is expressed or controlled, these very contexts also influence what engaging men means.
A study of 10,000 men and 3,000 women in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka confirm Asian and Pacific Islander women’s experiences of victimization. Findings show the following rates of:
The theme of investing in something meaningful, gender equality, and divesting from something harmful, the practices of gender violence, introduces a fresh dynamic into the debates about engaging men. The API Institute convened advocates, activists and researchers addressing domestic and sexual violence, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and gender equality to examine the complexities of analysis, strategy and community. We invite you to join us in Engaging Asian Men: Divesting from Gender Violence; Investing in Gender Equality.
A commitment to dismantle the cultures of violence they have built. A commitment to confronting gender injustice. A commitment to masculinities that make gender democracy and parity, not gender violence, normative. A commitment to engage in the inter-generational transfer of care-giving. A commitment to putting love at the epicenter of values.
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