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Express Male: A Movement

Violence against women is a serious human rights issue. In India, rape occurs twice every minute, and nearly half of married men admit to physically abusing their wives. These problems transcend geography, economic status, and culture. Although many programs work to reduce gender-based violence, they often focus on women and ignore the role of men.

EngenderHealth India saw this as an important opportunity. By partnering with local organizations, and adapting the global Men As Partners® program, EngenderHealth developed community-based, peer-driven interventions with young men and boys. The results were dramatic: men thoughtfully engaged in discussions, role-playing, and games about gender issues. The MAP workshops created real change in participant's attitudes toward women.

Hosted by popular Indian actress Ratna Pathak Shah, this short video explains the techniques and outcomes of the workshops led by EngenderHealth. It includes interviews with participants and shows how their attitudes and actions improved. The results are clear: MAP in India is a practical model for intervention, and is the beginning of a movement toward gender equality.

EngenderHealth is an international nonprofit organization working in 40 countries on gender equality, family planning, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, and many other issues related to sexual and reproductive health. EngenderHealth's unique Men As Partners® (MAP) program works around the world, encouraging men to promote gender equality and health in their families and communities.

This film was produced through funding by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and IFES. The opinions expressed herein are of the participants only and not necessarily those of USAID, IFES, or EngenderHealth. Partner organizations include the Independent Commission for People's Right and Development (ICPRD), the Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust, the Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice, Child Survival India, Humana People to People, the Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme (CASP Delhi), and the Disha Society for Rural and Urban Community Development.

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