Our cultural norms reinforce Gender-Based Violence – Tiffany Barry .

‘Working with men and boys’ has became a current popular agenda in the struggle for gender justice accross the globe. Following such an insinuation towards other effective ways to engage with individuals for an equitable gender relations is also an increasing awareness of the fact that men and boys are also victims of Gender Based Violence. The writer, Tiffany Barry, laid stress on the fact that GBV is very intricately related to a cultural construction of masculinity and femininity as well as the prevalent heteronormativity within a particular culture or tradition. There is also a dire need to expand the framework under which GBV is understood. Lesbians, gays and Transgender people are also daily subjected to GBV based on their alternate sexuality and for transgressing socially enforced gender norms.

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One response to “Our cultural norms reinforce Gender-Based Violence – Tiffany Barry .

  1. Can you post this onto your blog:

    Many thanks


    Men want change

    This week, Equal Community Foundation released its first mentor-led research report, looking at the important question of why young men are motivated to get involved with gender based violence prevention programmes, such as Action for Equality. Designed and led by ECFs programme mentors, this research study has offered an insight into what young men perceive to be the benefits of a participating in gender equality programmes.

    Our experience over the last few years has shown us two things: first, that there are a considerable number of young men who are willing to challenge the patriarchal norms that normalise gender based violence; and second, that, if this willingness is channeled in a positive direction, these young men can play an important role in preventing gender based violence and promoting gender equality.

    The findings from this report highlight that many young men want access to more supportive and non-patriarchal spaces, in which they have an opportunity to communicate, explore sensitive issues that are relevant to them, to introspect, grow and mature. The report recognises this need for creating more spaces for men for positive and supported, non-patriarchal sharing.

    Given that the majority of cases of gender based violence, either on the street or in the home, are underpinned by mens real or perceived fulfillment of hegemonic masculinities to assert power and control, it is essential that young men have the opportunity to critically reflect on the patriarchal socialization that is often related to masculine identity.

    View the full report here.

    [image: Mentor-led research report]

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