My take about the
Relation between positive masculinities and ending gender based violence.
What is your understanding of gender based violence?
Gender-based violence for short (GBV) is violence that is directed or inflicted at an individual based on his or her biological sex or gender identity. It includes; physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, psychological abuse, threats, coercion, economic, political, religious or educational deprivation, whether occurring in public or private life.
How can positive masculinities be a solution to ending gender based violence?
As individuals, it is important we reflect on our own attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls (vice versa), and the
ways in which these attributes and behaviours contributes to greater equality for women and girls.
Also, we need to
reflect on our privileges and power and how best to deploy it without intimidation.
As parents, we need to raise boys/girls with the values and practices of transformative masculinities.
As friends of other
men, we need to
talk to our male friends about the importance of gender equality for women and
girls, as well as the benefits of transformative masculinities for boys and men.
We need to challenge our male friends when they express sexist attitudes that disrespect
the rights of women and girls by pointing out the damage that such attitudes
As friends of
we need to ask her how she is doing and if there are practical ways to help (e.g.accompanying
her to the health clinic and the police etc). This makes the person comfortable and feels protected.
we need to get involved in community campaigns on violence against women and girls.
We need to demand that the police and courts fulfil their duties to prosecute perpetrators
of violence against women and girls.
judicial officials, we need to
get training on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences
and legal remedies available.
Where laws on violence against women and girls exist, enforce the law.
leaders, we need to
show leadership in promoting the values of transformative masculinities and
We need to initiate efforts to change community norms and practices that maintain violence in whatever colouration.
As media, we need to ensure consistent reportage, coverage and engagements of all stakeholders in addressing norms feeding and or fertilizing gender based violence.