Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Engaging men and boys

Fact 13: Engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality can have positive effects.

Research shows that the root causes of violence against women include harmful masculine norms and the acceptance of violence as a social norm. Surveys show that men and boys with more rigid views about masculinity are more likely to report having used violence against their partners. Therefore, working with men and boys on gender equality is necessary to reduce violence against women. A number of interventions that promote gender equality with men and boys show promise.