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Boys and Education in the Global South: Emerging Vulnerabilities and New Opportunities for Promoting Changes in Gender Norms

Gary Barker, Ravi Verma, John Crownover, Marcio Segundo, Vanessa Fonseca, Juan Manuel Contreras, Brian Heilman, Peter Pawlak

This article presents a review of global data on boys’ education in the Global South and recent findings on the influence of boys’ educational a!ainment on their a!itudes and behaviors in terms of gender equality. The article also presents three examples—from Brazil, the Balkans, and India—on evaluated, school-based approaches for engaging boys and girls in…
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Sensitization on Gender, Sexuality, and Health: Ideas and Experiences

Danielle Bittencourt, Vanessa Fonseca

In 2011 and 2012, Promundo conducted 68 awareness workshops on gender, sexuality, and health in 38 Brazilian cities. Aiming to promote the questioning of rigid gender norms and reflection on the influences of these norms on the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth, the workshops offered educational tools and promoted the exchange of experiences between…
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The Young Men Initiative – A Case Study

CARE International

The Young Men Initiative (YMI) is a promising, evidence-based strategy for engaging young men throughout the Western Balkans in the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of violence. Pilot activities took place from 2007 to 2010 and reached over 4,000 young men ages 14-18 through educational workshops and campaign activities. The design, implementation and…
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Guia Adolescentes, jovens e educação em sexualidade

Silvana Arruda, Christine Ricardo, Marcos Nascimento, Vanessa Fonseca

“Teens, Youth and Sexuality Education,” produced in partnership with the Ford Foundation, is a tool that guides the practice of professionals who work in the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents, providing scientifically accurate information and encouraging openness and understanding. The manual provides a background on the history of sexual education in Brazil…
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“Entre Nós”: Limites e possibilidades de ações educativas para a promoção da equidade de gênero em escolas do Rio de Janeiro e Salvador

Vanessa Fonseca, Christine Ricardo

This paper proposes a debate on the limits and possibilities of implementing projects aimed at promoting gender equity in schools, from the educational tools and their adaptations created for this purpose – Programs H and M.

Program H and Program M: Engaging young men and empowering young women to promote gender equality and health

Christine Ricardo, Marcos Nascimento, Vanessa Fonseca, Márcio Segundo

This publication discusses the development, implementation, and results of Programs H and M. It was made possible with support from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).

Once Upon a Boy: Discussion Guide

Promundo, ECOS, Instituto Papai, Salud y Género

“Once Upon a Boy” presents the story of a young man and the challenges he faces in growing up. During the video, the young man encounters machismo, family violence, homophobia, doubts regarding his sexuality, his first sexual experience, pregnancy, a sexually transmitted disease and fatherhood. The video guide contains tips for working with the video…
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Afraid of What: Discussion Guide

Promundo, ECOS, Instituto Papai, Salud y Género

“Afraid of What” is a no-words cartoon video that invites viewers to reflect critically on how to eliminate homophobia and promote respect for sexual diversity. The video guide contains notes about the video, instructions for facilitators about how to use the video, and activities to stimulate discussion about the themes found in the video.

Program M: Working with Young Women

Promundo, Salud y Genero, ECOS, Instituto Papai, World Education

The Program M manual includes more than 30 activities to carry out group work with young women (ages 15 to 24) on gender identity, relationships, sexuality, reproductive health, motherhood and caregiving, drugs, work and preventing and living with HIV and AIDS.

Afraid of What?

Marcelo is a young man who, like most young people, has dreams, desires, and plans. His family, his friends, and the community in which he lives also have expectations for him. But Marcelo’s dreams and desires do not always match those expectations. What does Marcelo want? Both Marcelo and those around him seem to be…
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