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Once Upon a Boy

Once Upon a Boy is a no-words cartoon video that tells the story of a boy and his experiences growing up, including peer pressure, his first sexual relationship, his first job, and becoming a father. The video is designed to engage young men, educators, and health professionals in critical reflections about rigid models of masculinities…
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It’s not easy!

Pedro no longer has a steady job and the fact that he now earns less than his wife, Kelly, makes him feel humiliated and upset.  One day, after suffering through constant conflicts and stress, Pedro almost slaps his wife.  At that precise moment, he has a vision of a boy which makes him rethink his…
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Annual Report 2005

Promundo

In 2005, the Promundo team traveled throughout Brazil, South America, South and Southeast Asia, Central America, and various locations in Sub-Saharan Africa with the objective of working with partner organizations to adapt and implement methodologies developed by the institution. Among its various activities during this period, Promundo, in collaboration with other organizations, created the MenEngage…
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The Other Half of Gender: Men’s Issues in Development

The World Bank

This report contributes to the growing interest in male gender and masculinity issues as they relate to development policy and practice. It adds insights into questions such as: How do gender constructs negatively affect men and how do these issues vary across countries and cultures? Given the extent of gender disadvantages still faced by women,…
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From Communities at Risk to Communities with Potential

Promundo, CIESPI

This publication describes the project Strengthening Community and Family-Based Supports for Children and Adolescents (Bases de Apoio Project), which was implemented in three low-income commmunities in Rio de Janeiro.

Challenging and Changing Gender Attitudes among Young Men in Mumbai, India

Ravi K Verma, Julie Pulerwitz, Vaishali Mahendra, Sujata Khandekar, Gary Barker, P Fulpagare, SK Singh

This article presents findings from a pilot intervention in 2005–2006 to promote gender equity among young men from low-income communities in Mumbai, India. The project involved formative work on gender, sexuality and masculinity, and educational activities with 126 young men, aged 18–29, over a six-month period. The programme was called Yaari Dosti, Hindi for friendship…
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Gender, sexual behaviour and vulnerability among young people

Christine Ricardo, Gary Barker, Julie Pulerwitz, Valeria Rocha

This chapter illustrates how gender represents a complex interplay of contextual and individual factors, which create advantages and disadvantages for both young women and young men in terms of sexuality and related health issues. It applies an ecological model to emphasize how gender norms, as they relate to sexual behavior, are internalized by the individual through an…
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How do we know if men have changed? Promoting and measuring attitude change with young men: lessons from Program H in Latin America

Gary Barker, Marcos Nascimento, Márcio Segundo, Julie Pulerwitz

This article presents findings from the Gender-Equitable Men (GEM) Scale and lessons from Program H in Latin America. It concludes that, given the short timescale of many interventions with young men, it is often unrealistic to expect changes in behavior, and difficult to measure such change. The GEM Scale thus provides a potentially more sensitive…
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Young Men and the Construction of Masculinity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for HIV/AIDS, Conflict, and Violence

Gary Barker, Christine Ricardo

Based on a literature review and qualitative research carried out in four countries, this report examines the role of gender for young men in Africa, particularly as it relates to HIV/AIDS, conflict, and violence.

Annual Report 2004

Promundo

In 2004, Promundo’s programmatic mission was reformulated to prioritize the development, evaluation, and dissemination of social technologies. Among the year’s activities, Promundo led the formation of Program H’s Alliance H (Alianca H), a global alliance of organizations that seek the promotion of gender equity among youth. Promundo also developed two new complimentary projects: Project D,…
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