Global progress on gender equality is under attack. Engaging men and boys on gender issues is a key way we can counter gender backlash.
This seminar was a collaboration between Countering Backlash, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), and Men end FGM for a discussion about methods, lessons learnt and reflections on working with men and boys on gender issues in India and Kenya.
Mr Harish Sadani from MAVA spoke about his work on gender and masculinity, which he has been involved in for over three decades. He showcased part of a documentary he produced – “Yuva Maitri: Young Men Breaking the Moulds” – which focuses on the tools and methodologies used to engage young men on contemporary gender issues.
Mr Sadani also discussed the process and methods used, reflecting on the challenges he has been facing while addressing gender-based violence, in the current political context of India. He shared the outcomes and insights of a unique international travelling film festival on Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, which he has been running over the past five years.
Our discussant, Tony Mwebia, commented on what we have seen and heard, with some reflections on working with men to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya.
- 14 July at 13:00 UK Time
- Harish Sadani, Executive Director of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) India
- Tony Mwebia, Executive Director of Men End FGM Foundation in Kenya and MA Gender and Development student at IDS
- Jerker Edström, IDS Fellow and programme convenor for Countering Backlash