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Rutgers continues to pioneer the engagement of men and boys in violence prevention at the Human Rights Council

The United Nation’s Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting in Geneva this week for its 38th regular session, where Rutgers is showcasing its Prevention+ programme with partners, on what engaging men and boys in violence prevention looks like in practice.

The interactive side event is centred around the question: how do we involve men and boys to prevent violence against women? From our extensive research and expertise in the field, we know part of the answer is to address the root causes of violence. For us, that means using a gender-transformative approach in our work: eliminating harmful gender norms to create a more gender equal and safer world. One proven strategy to achieve that, is by engaging men and boys.

Human Rights Council (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

Pioneering role
Last year, at the 35th session, a resolution presented by the Canadian Government about engaging men and boys to prevent violence was adopted. Since then, the Office of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR) published a report on ways to engage men and boys to break the cycle of gender-based violence. However, this approach isn’t new. In fact, Rutgers has been pioneering the key role of men and boys in violence prevention for years. Our Prevention+ programme, which works with partners across 5 countries and regions, is doing just that.

Inspiring case studies
During the side event, civil society organisations will present inspiring case studies from Indonesia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Lebanon and Uganda. These cases range from the more institutional level, for example training police officers on gender-based violence in Indonesia, to the individual level, such as in Rwanda, where a fathers and couples training has already shown to yield amazing results.

Read more about engaging boys and men in the case studies.