In addition, excluding boys and young men from interventions empowering girls, can lead to increase in violence against women, because men can feel threatened.
ECYDO’s projects use innovative approach, which actively involves boys and young men. In our projects, we establish boy’s group at school compound, celebrate boys’ day, and reward best performing boys and young men who start to help with house chores, have stop doing any form of harassment against girls, or advocate for equitable relationships between boys and girls. Within our activities, we conduct discussion among girls and boys to reduce to provide space for young to talk about they are normally too shy or afraid to talk about. By challenging existing attitudes and providing needed information, we aim at reducing gender-based violence and other problems related to sexual and reproductive health of school youths.
At the same time, our interventions establish and strengthen partnership with relevant stakeholders, such as school administrations, health care providers, psycho-social support, youth organizations, parents, policy and local governments.
Engaging boys and young men and create responsive environment can in a gender-sensitive way end HIV, prevent teenage pregnancy and bring shift from unequal, violent relationships to relationships where partners respect each other.