It all started with one man who beat his wife. Week after week, he hit her, yelled at her and humiliated her. But nothing changed. He didn’t feel better; he felt worse.
Men & Boys
My name is Dhan Bahadur Pariyar. I was born 35 years ago into an untouchable-caste family. I live with my 65-year-old father Mate, my 70-year-old mother Mangali, wife Suk Maya and Subash, who is 7.
I recently met a teenager from India's Dalit ("untouchable") community who had been gang-raped by a group of upper-caste men. She told me that instead of providing support after the attack last September, relatives were humiliating her. "I'm finding it hard to cope with the stigma," she said.
Hands clap and fingers snap as a group of women and men watch CARE staff Rose Vive Lobo’s lips and respond to her questions.
"What does sexual violence mean? Do you know different forms of such violence? What are women’s and men’s rights and obligations?"
CARE International Sri Lanka’s ‘Empowering Men to Engage and Redefine Gender Equality’ (EMERGE) project is a pioneering effort that addresses persistent issues of gender inequality and GBV through the engagement of men.
Read about the Young Men's Initiative in the Balkans and what we're learning about how working with men and boys can lead to women's empowerment and happier, healthier men.
See the brief summary of our findings from engaging men and boys in the Balkans.