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Alan Greig

Strengthening Prevention Work with Men and Boys in Community Settings

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 makes a global commitment to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private sphere. There is a widespread recognition that this target cannot be met unless prevention work with men and boys is expanded. However, many questions remain about how best to work with men and boys in practice. 

This Practice Brief draws on the latest evidence and programme documentation from the Men for Gender Equality field, as well as from ongoing work with men and boys by women’s organisations and feminist movements. The evidence on which this Brief is based relates primarily to violence against women and girls within households and in community settings.

Violence against women and girls is rooted in harmful gender norms which also help to fuel men’s violence against other men and boys. This Brief recognises the complexities of gender-based violence, but focuses on programming concerned with its main targets, women and girls. 

Key Issues and Questions

  • Why engage men and boys?
  • Which men to target, when and why?
  • How can programmes challenge male power and privilege?
  • How can programmes move from attitudinal to behavioural and social norm change?
  • How can practitioners best link personal change to social change?
Date published
  • 2018
  • Greig Alan
Published by The Prevention Collaborative
Key quote "The key challenge here is to engage men positively, recognize their diversity of sexual orientations, gender orientations, races, ethnicities, abilities, classes, etc., and promote the idea that men can be agents of change, while holding them accountable for sexist and/or violent behaviors. (ICRW 2018) "