United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM South Asia Office

Working with Men and Boys

Partners for Prevention: Working with Boys and Men to Prevent Gender-based Violence, is an interagency initiative of UNDP, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UN Volunteers in Asia and the Pacific


New social networking website connects practitioners around the world working for gender justice

ENGAGINGMEN.NET is a practitioners' portal for people around the world who are interested in engaging boys and men in gender justice, supporting women's empowerment, ending violence against women and the spread of HIV/AIDS, promoting responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships, and more.



Forum to Engage Men (FEM): Working with Boys and Men for Gender Equality

Description: The publication provides information on FEM and furthers the work on masculinities, gender equality and gender-based violence by sharing snapshots of work undertaken by members of FEM. 

Mapping of organizations working with men and boys on gender-based discrimination and violence against women in 4 countries of South Asia by the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ)

In Bangladesh

In India 

In Nepal 

In Pakistan 

Review of Programmes, Projects and Interventions to Engage Men and Boys in the Fight against Gender-Based Violence by Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) and Aakar 

This publication provides a broad review of the actions taken by NGO’s, policymakers, international institutions and private foundations to engage men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence worldwide. Some of the efforts described here are programmes, some are projects and some are interventions.

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Exploring South Asian Masculinities: Introductory Essay on Sexuality and Masculinities

Description: This is an online seminar organized by Aakar in association with the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ. The seminar sought to further the discussion on masculinity

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From Violence to Supportive Practice: Family, Gender, and Masculinities in India
Supportive Practices of Men: A Critical Assessment, a research led by Dr. Radhika Chopra, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

For this research, Dr. Radhika Chopra worked with a team of researchers, which included, Ms. Pratiksha Baxi, Ms. Sirisha Indukuri, Mr. S.M. Faizan Ahmed, Ms. Chaitali Dasgupta, and Mr. Rumman Hameed. The research is accompanied by a photo essay by Mr. Sanjeev Saith. In an effort to combat gender-based violence, and looking at alliances with men as a part of the solution, UNIFEM in partnership with Zonta International has sought to focus on and learn more about masculinities and its various constructs.  The research consists of four field studies, viz., (1) Gender, Masculinities and Domestic Labour (2) Men in Beauty Parlours (3) The Neighbourhood “Boys Clubs” and (4) The Father-Son Relationship in Family Business. The research is based on respective field based studies, addressing a dimension of gender relations, that has so far remained muted, mainly, the support, that men extend toward their families, as well as the delineation of different aspects of the constructs of masculinity. read more ››


A snapshot of the "Men & Masculinities exhibition published in collaboration with Zonta International.Includes text by Dr. Radhika Chopra and her research team of Ms. Pratiksha Baxi, Ms. Sirisha Indukuri, Mr. S.M. Faizan Ahmed, Ms. Chaitali Dasgupta, and Mr. Rumman Hameed; Photographs by Mr. Sanjeev Saith and designed and mounted by Itu Chaudhari Design.  

To disseminate the research, “From violence to supportive practices: Family, gender and masculinities in India” on a wider scale, an Exhibition on ‘Men and Masculinities’ was organized, using the written text of the research project as well as its visual documentation. The booklet captures the Exhibition and deepens its outreach. read more ››


Reframing Masculinities. Edited by Radhika Chopra, supported by UNIFEM South Asia Office and Zonta International  and published by Orient Longman

 There has is a growing concern among gender practitioners, activists and researchers to address the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality and empowering women. How can we make these partnerships possible? Where do we begin? Are there key building blocks that are culturally and socially understood, which can be taken forward to enable empowerment? These questions demand action. But they also create a need for us to become aware of those men and boys who are already initiating contexts which empower women and girls.

Thie essays in this volume focus on the biographies and narratives of individual men who have self consciously choose to work on gender issues within and beyond everyday cultures of masculinity. These biographies and the stories of men need to find a public forum of expression because they have a direct “effect” on how and what men and women think about each other. They also have the power to produce an active rethinking about gender in contemporary Indian society. It is important for men to know that there are others out there who are doing “gender” work. It’s equally important for women to know that there are men who actively counter violence against women in their everyday lives. They enable us to hear an aspect of men’s lives and their subjective positions in ways that have not hitherto been addressed. These stories of their lives can serve as blueprints for new social formations and as a way of understanding larger social realities from the standpoint of ordinary lives.

The research for the book was supported and funded by UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office - University of Delhi Project “Profiles of Change”.


Exploring Masculinities. AAKAR with support from UNIFEM South Asia in collaboration with Zonta International organized a multidisciplinary travelling seminar series “Exploring Masculinities” to map work in the area of masculinities across India and to introduce it to the university system in the country. The seminar provided an opportunity to academics, activists and filmmakers to come together on a platform to share their work not only within the group but also with the larger university community. The seminar worked in close collaboration with gender studies departments of the host universities and local women's groups to demonstrate, to students as well as activists the strategies being adopted to work on masculinities and violence in various parts of the country. Undergraduate students where the primary target group for the seminar because the aim was to initiate interest amongst students to not only take up research on the theme in the future but also join/create forums to protest against violence against women.

List of presentations:

i. Multidisciplinary Travelling - Exploring Maculinities




Dream and Reality: Migration, Gender and HIV/AIDS:

These are a set of 4 publications brought out by Sahayog with support from UNIFEM on issues of male migration, masculinity and its linkages with HIV.  

An informative booklet in Hindi that deals with various issues like Male Migration, Gender, Masculinity, sexual relations, HIV/AIDS and social stigma through a self-study mode. 

Conversations Among Friends: Male Migration, Gender and HIV/AIDS

This consists of a series of flash cards that deal with issues of Male migration, gender and HIV/AIDS in a simple and interactive mode encouraging discussions on these issues.  

Dream and Reality: Migration, Gender and HIV/AIDS:

This is an interesting and user friendly portrayal of the layered dimensions of HIV in a storybook fashion. 



What kind of a man are you?

Produced by Breakthrough, under the UNIFEM-CHARCA project, this CD has been used in all the six CHARCA districts of the country. It has been part of a national path breaking multi-media campaign to reduce women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. It contains the music video, “MAATI” and TV and radio spots including a radio drama. These innovative media spots emphasize the gender and sexuality dimensions of HIV, especially the need to empower women to negotiate safe sex with their husbands.


Maati, Spots


Languages: Telegu, Mizo and Kanada, Hindi and English   


Year: 2006


Source: UNIFEM, Delhi, Breakthrough- Delhi.


A Little book on MEN


Playing Cards

An interactive and interesting entertainment material in the form of playing cards called ‘Real Men’ which has messages on masculinity.


Languages: English and Hindi

Year: 2007

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi and AAKAR, Delhi