Action for Equality: Raising gender equitable boys

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Action for Equality: Raising gender equitable boys


There are millions of boys growing up in a culture that has made gender-based violence acceptable. Their attitude towards women and girls is considered a problem but they are not engaged in the solutions. Through Action for Equality we support adolescent boys with knowledge, skills, peer support and agency to understand and challenge gender-based violence and be equitable. Till date, 4788 boys have benefited from the programme. Our mission is to raise every boy in India to be gender equitable.

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In India, 35% of women face gender violence at the hands of men (ICRW, 2011). This is violation of women's rights mostly related to education, health & safety. The traditional approach to tackling this problem is to support women directly. However, this approach does not address discrimination at its root cause i.e. inequitable social norms, and is alone not delivering the required results in reducing inequality and violence. Young boys/men therefore needs to be involved as part of the solution.


Adolescence is a critical stage in the development of one's self identity. Action for Equality is an ongoing programme, specifically designed to build alternative, more equitable male identities to prevent violence against women.Programme graduates have demonstrated more equitable attitudes, higher level of respect towards female relatives and have continued taking actions against street sexual harassment, child marriages, education and community campaigns on various women centric issues.

Long-Term Impact

By 2027, we aim to raise 60,000 gender equitable boys through direct implementation of the programme as well as supporting other organisations in adopting this approach. These boys will not just change their own behaviour but influence their fathers, friends, other family and community members to change theirs. Women and girls in the lives of these boys will experience a significant reduction in or in fact zero gender-based violence and discrimination at hands of boys.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Action for Equality Annual Evaluation Report16-17

Organization Information

Equal Community Foundation

Location: Pune - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ECF India
Project Leader:
Christina Furtado
Pune, Maharashtra India
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