“unless we make a difference to boys, we won’t have the opportunity to influence their lives”
One point that comes out over and over again in any prevention programme evaluation is that men and boys must be involved. Primary prevention programmes which focus solely on women and girls are rarely successful in the long term, and in some cases can do more harm than good.
As we have seen in other sections, often perpetrators have themselves experienced violence or were conditioned to turn to violence as a solution or a way to show masculinity. This can change, but only if policies and programmes addressing VAWG recognise that men and boys are an integral part of any solution. VAWG will never be eliminated with only half the world’s population.
This UN Women film summarises the findings of a UN Multi-Country study on men and violence in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting how changing social norms and attitudes to masculinity are key to ending violence against women.
Read more in this SoroptiVoice blog from March 2013: Men and Boys have a Vital Role in Ending Violence Against Women.