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Express Male: A Movement

Video from Men As Partners®

In India, as in many parts of the world, a woman's increased vulnerability to HIV infection is largely a result of unequal gender roles. Male dominance in relationships, combined with peer pressure and traditional views of masculinity, often interferes with safe sexual practices. Furthermore, 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 tackle these issues, 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® (MAP) 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. Furthermore, as a gender-related HIV awareness and support program, it is the first of its kind in Asia.

Express Male: A Movement
Hosted by popular Indian actress Ratna Pathak Shah, this video explains the techniques and outcomes of the Men As Partners 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.

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