The importance of starting young to change youths’ attitudes and behaviors—especially of young boys—has been widely acknowledged, but a key challenge has been the limited evidence on the kinds of programs that have succeeded in making such changes. In order to fill this gap, the Population Council, together with partners, the Centre for Catalysing Change and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and with support from UKaid, implemented the Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) project among boys. Implemented in rural areas of Patna district, India this project sought to promote, among adolescent boys and young men who were members of youth clubs supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, egalitarian gender attitudes and abhorrence of violence against women and girls. This report describes the Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore project and its implementation and examines the extent to which it transformed gender-role attitudes of boys.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J., Rajib Acharya, Neelanjana Pandey, K.G. Santhya, A.J. Francis Zavier, Santosh Kumar Singh, Komal Saxena, Aparajita Gogoi, Madhu Joshi, and Sandeep Ojha. 2017. "The effect of a gender transformative life skills education and sports-coaching programme on the attitudes and practices of adolescent boys and young men in Bihar." New Delhi: Population Council.
Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls in India