The Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore Programme: Engaging Boys to Prevent Violence in Bihar, India
This intervention, targeting boys and young men aged 13–21, provided gender transformative life skills education and sports–coaching in Patna district, Bihar. It aimed to promote egalitarian gender attitudes and the rejection of violence against women (VAW) amongst these boys and young men, to prevent them perpetrating violence themselves and to encourage them to act to stop incidences of violence in their environment.
The intervention resulted in positive changes in boys’ attitudes around gender roles and acceptability of VAW. It also influenced boys to take some action to stop the perpetration of VAW by others in their environment. However, there was weak or no evidence of a positive effect on boys’ levels of perpetration of both non-contact violence (e.g. bullying and stalking) and physical and sexual violence. Study findings also revealed the success of engagement strategies such as cricket coaching, youth clubs and trained peer mentors. They also confirmed that the impact of the intervention was greater for boys who attended activities regularly.