What About Men & Boys?

We’re Engaging Men and Boys in the Fight Against Poverty

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Check out CARE's cutting-edge research and training materials on engaging men and boys in development projects and women’s empowerment. 

Preventing Violence Against Women

Hear Fidѐle Bucyanayandi's testimony of the abuse he inflicted on his wife, and learn how CARE is helping Fidѐle break the cycle of violence in his own marriage and in his rural Rwandan community.

A Story of Progress

“I don’t want my girls locked in a house. I don’t want them to be dependent on a man.”

Champions of Change

Our efforts include working with men and boys as champions of change, and facilitating debates to challenge gender norms and renegotiate more equitable relationships. 

What about men and boys?

CARE fights poverty around the world by empowering girls and women. Girls and women are disproportionately affected by poverty, so fighting poverty effectively requires focus on them. But boys and men are and will always remain central to CARE’s work.

Our community-based efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity for girls and women don’t just benefit those girls and women. They benefit the boys and men around them – their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers.

Poverty is directly connected to gender inequality. Men and boys in the communities where we work increasingly understand this and are vital partners in our programs to empower girls and women. The communities where men and boys are most actively engaged in our work, real and lasting change is more likely to take hold; change that benefits everyone.

 

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Steal These StatsEvery year, 600,000 women die from preventable #childbirth complications. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These StatsWomen spend 3 - 4x more time raising children than men do. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These Stats30-50% of women have been physically abused by a male partner. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These StatsWomen are more likely to be coerced or forced into sex by their partner. #stealthesestats w/@CARE

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“Be a man!”

We’re changing the culture of violence and what it means to be a man.

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CARE staff talk about why it's critical to engage men and boys to end poverty and reach equality.

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CARE IN THE NEWS

The Huffington Post – Men and Boys Are Key to Empowering Women and Girls

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CNN – India Can Learn Respect for Women

In the news

8/15/14

ABC News - New Fighting Hits South Sudan

After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N...

8/8/14

CBS 46 - Local humanitarian group urges staff to use caution

Medical teams in west Africa treated patients infected with Ebola as they tried to prevent the disease from spreading. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of...

8/5/14

The Huffington Post - 'There's Really Nowhere Safe To Go' In Gaza

As many residents in Gaza marked a somber start to a three-day holiday that caps the month of Ramadan, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon once again renewed his callsfor...

7/25/14

Glamour.com - The Child Bride Crisis: 64 Million Girls Around the World Are Forced Into Marriage Before Adulthood. One Organization Aims to Help

Child marriage, which is defined as marriage before the age of 18 but often impacts girls not yet in their teens, has been regarded as a tradition in many cultures.

7/25/14

WSB News - Atlanta human rights leaders inspired by civil rights movement

A picture of a 10-year-old married Ethiopian girl haunts local aid workers.  It also pushes them to fight for a world where instead of becoming child brides, little girls...

7/21/14

UN Dispatch - Episode 26: Helene Gayle

The CEO of CARE, USA Helene Gayle is on the line this week. The medical doctor from upstate New York tells me how she became the head of one of the largest international...

7/17/14

LA Times - In Kenya, Somalis at Refugee Camp Languish with Limited Options

At night he dreams of the sea. As a young man, Noor Hassan Shanglo spent years working on cargo ships that carried apples and oranges from South Africa to ports across Europe...

7/10/14

Mashable - South Sudan's Bloody Anniversary

Three years ago this week, the people of South Sudan danced in the streets to celebrate the birth of their nation.

6/16/14

Upworthy - It Takes One Look At How The U.S. Sends Food To Countries In Need To See What's Not Working

At a time when we can buy stuff online by pushing a button and have it at our doorstep within two days, it’s hard to imagine having to wait up to four months for your food.

6/16/14

Son, this is how to be a man

Michael Alandu is the governance advisor for CARE International in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He wrote this open letter to his three-year-old son, John Paul,...

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