SGBV dialogues: Have your say

Join the SGBV Dialogues during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November until 10 December

Since 2012, IDS, along with its global partners, has been engaged in a four-year research programme on engaging men and boys, collective action and addressing sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

As we draw to the end of this programme, and as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we want to share insights from the work and create spaces to engage with other activists, researchers, practitioners, and scholars working on the same issue. The SGBV dialogues are our chance to do that. This one-off blog series zooms in on a select number of issues from the wider study. We hope it will offer the opportunity to openly talk about SGBV and the successes and challenges connected to addressing it.

Our guest bloggers come at the topic of engaging men and boys to address SGBV from different angles:

1. Engaging men and boys towards gender justice: My 'aha' moment

Amel Fahmy, managing director of Tadwein, a Gender Research Centre in Egypt, relays her ‘Aha’ moment. Following a TEDx Cairo talk that she gave on street sexual harassment in Egypt – a talk which women related to, but which excluded and shamed men – Amel's blog post explores why it has taken so long to involve men and boys in addressing gender-based violence.

2. How stories help confront violence

Joanna Wheeler, Senior Research Associate at the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, explains why stories matter in addressing violence. Joanna shares with us the story of Ndoda, a young man from a township in Cape Town. 

3. Engaging men and boys to address violence against women and girls in post-Ebola Sierra Leone

Tamba David Mackieu – the founder of Men’s Association for Gender Equality (MAGE SL) – brings us closer to the impact the Ebola Crisis had on the operational issues for his organisation, and others, in engaging men and boys in work to address SGBV.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based violence, IDS will be highlighting some of our work on sexual and gender-based violence, gender, education and militarism – as well as the work of our partners and friends around the world. Each day we will be sharing something new – from academic research to blog posts and films.

Check back to this Storify for something new each day

Join the conversation

These questions could act as prompts when joining in the SGBV dialogues:

  • What was your ‘Aha’ moment, where you realised importance of working with men and boys? How can we work better with boys and men to achieve the goal of eliminating violence against women?
  • Have you worked with stories, in what form, and how have you found them? What roles have they played in confronting violence?
  • The Ebola crisis brought up unforeseen challenges for organisations in their work with men and boys to address sexual and gender based violence – what unforeseen challenges have you faced in your work?
Ask questions and join the discussion via #SGBVdialogues 

Country case studies

In total, the research programme has worked in 6 countries to develop case studies with over 14 partners.  Each country case study brought up extremely rich and useful information on how organisations are working collectively within their country contexts to engage men and boys to tackle SGBV.

Citizens’ come together to demand action on a National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence in South Africa. By: Sonke Gender Justice

In Egypt, we looked at the struggle to combat GBV in public space through sustained collective action of vigilante groups who organically formed to respond to the increasing encroachment on women in public space for 2011 onwards.

The India case study saw how a growing network of men in Uttar Pradesh have built engagement for addressing GBV through Men’s Action to Stop Violence Against Women (MASVAW) - a political project and movement.

In Kenya, we examined the ways in which collective action and the involvement of men may influence the prospects of effectively changing community perceptions and values regarding SGBV.

In Sierra Leone, we were introduced to a dynamic network of actors that reveal not only the country’s history of violence, but its capacity for ‘rebuilding differently’ to foster resilience and create long-term social transformation.

The South Africa case study explored the values and limitations of collective action in challenging the community, political, social and economic institutions that reinforce harmful masculinities and gender norms related to SGBV.

Finally, in Uganda we focused on the perspectives and experiences of male survivors of violence to understand the dynamics and resilience of survivors in the context of the structural violence they face.