More than a decade after the enactment of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, violence against women and girls remains widespread in India, and patriarchal norms and attitudes continue to underpin gender roles. While programs that focus on empowering women and girls are necessary, they are not sufficient in themselves to prevent violence; men and boys are key players, and violence prevention programs must include them. This brief describes an intervention, the Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) project, implemented among boys and young men ages 13–21 who were members of youth clubs that are supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The project was undertaken by the Population Council together with partners, the Centre for Catalysing Change and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This brief presents the effect of exposure to the project in transforming gender role attitudes of boys and, particularly, their attitudes toward violence against women and girls.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J. and K.G. Santhya. 2017. "Enabling adolescent boys to adopt attitudes that espouse gender equality and oppose violence against women and girls: Evidence from rural Bihar," Policy brief. New Delhi: Population Council.
Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls in India