NYU Hosts Special Presentation of “Becoming Papa” and a Discussion on Young Men, Fatherhood and Pathways to Non-Violence

Around the world, low-income young men are at risk of dropping out of school and at higher risk of experiencing multiple forms of violence (including homicide). In Brazil, low-income young men of African descent make up the majority of the 40,000 homicide victims every year. In the US and the Caribbean, young men of color are overrepresented in school dropouts and in prison. In such settings, given the lack of opportunities and historical injustices, young men sometimes gravitate toward versions of manhood associated with gang-related violence, and sexual conquest; as many as a third of young men in such settings have no or little contact with their biological fathers. Hyper-masculine cultures reinforced in such settings create vulnerabilities for women, girls, boys and men.

©NYU Photo Bureau: ArchambaultWhat policy and program approaches work in such settings? How can we see young men as diverse, and as allies in gender and social justice, rather than as threats? What does emerging research tell us about how to achieve change? And how does such work connect to or dialogue with efforts to promote the empowerment of adolescent girls?

On May 8th, NYU Washington DC held the “Weissberg Forum for Discourse in the Public Square” to discuss young men, fatherhood and pathways to non-violence in Brazil, the Caribbean, the US and internationally. The event included a special presentation of the PBS -To the Contrary documentary “Becoming Papa,” which follows the stories of two men in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and how Promundo helped to change the way they think about fatherhood, and manhood. This screening was followed by a discussion from leading researchers and voices in the field.

Gary Barker, Founder and International Director of Promundo, gave the event’s keynote presentation. Other speakers included Jeni Klugman (Director of Gender and Development, World Bank), Peter Douglas Weller (University of the West Indies and CARIMAN), David Grosso (City Councilman, Washington, DC) and Bonnie Erbé (PBS-To The Contrary Host).

For more information, watch a full recording of the event or see the official event website.


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