This paper addresses two crucial issues in the health and development of adolescents – firstly, what sources of social support are available to them in their communities; and secondly, within the possible sources of support available to them, whom do they turn to for support and why.
In Brazil there are 23,141,413 children under 6 years old. This paper addresses issues relating to early childhood in Brazil, the laws that protect and promote the children’s rights in this age group and the situation in which this part of the population is in different contexts – for example, with respect to education and…continue reading
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…continue reading
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…continue reading
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…continue reading
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,…continue reading
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.
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…continue reading
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…continue reading
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…continue reading