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White Ribbon Issue Brief

For the full PDF download of the brief in English or French see the web page at White Ribbon

Engaging men and boys is an essential component of realizing transformative change on the issue of gender-based violence.

This Issue Brief is rooted in three basic premises:

  1. Work with men and boys is necessary. As perpetrators, the target audience for primary prevention, holders of the social norms and influencers on other men, men must to be engaged to reduce and prevent gender-based violence.
  2. Work with men and boys can be effective. As the evidence base grows, evaluation data appears, lessons are learned, and best practices are shared, we know this may be the missing compliment to past decades of work.
  3. Work with men and boys can be positive. There is a much broader spectrum of positive roles for men and boys to play than perpetrator or potential perpetrator of gender-based violence. These roles not only prevent and reduce violence against women and promote gender equality, but also improve the lives of men and boys by freeing them from these harmful and limiting aspects of masculinities.

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