Men & Boys

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In rural Rwanda, a man named Fidѐle joined one of CARE’s innovative programs addressing the violence that plagued his community. Fidѐle always dreamed of having a son. But, after his wife delivered three daughters, Fidѐle started to abuse her. Like many men in his community, Fidѐle blamed his wife for not giving him a male descendant.

Listen as Fidѐle explains how CARE helped him break the cycle violence in his own marriage and in those of his neighbors and friends.

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In early 2010, with an infant in her arms, another on the way, and a heavy load of daily household chores, Meeta quickly grew weak and ill with exhaustion. But Ramkishore, her husband, did not help her with the chores.

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. "I worry that I will not be accepted by society."

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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.

He wanted to change. But he was nervous. What would his friends think? If he treated his wife like an equal, what would that say about his masculinity, his role in the household and his status in his community?

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