Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety

by Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)
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Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety
Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety
Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety
Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety
Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety
Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety
Raising Boys to uphold Women's right to safety


Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA) is India's first voluntary organization engaging Boys and Men to stop and prevent gender-based violence against women and advocate for a gender-equal society. At Project Umang (meaning Aspiration), MAVA is sensitizing and mentoring 45 adolescent boys, from 3 disadvantaged communities of Mumbai, who are aspiring for a society where girls / women are not subjected to any kind of violence or where girls / women do not live in fear of violence.

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Gender-based violence against girls /women is critical social issue in India. Effort to tackle it has been concentrated on empowering women. Boys & Men are insulated from process of transformation. Majority of growing-up boys, esp. from disadvantaged communities are deprived of any healthy conversation on relationships and sexual health. Pornographic literature becomes the only source through which ideas about being a Man and a Woman are reinforced, resulting in possible violence on girls/women


Through this Project, first of its kind in India, adolescent boys from 3 communities are provided safe, non-threatening platform to understand and redefine Masculinity. Through weekly interactive sessions & personal dialogue with select 45 boys, they are encouraged to comfortably talk about problems that give rise to violent behaviour by Men in society. Using out-of-the-box methods like storytelling and games, boys are enabled to promote gender-sensitive behaviour through self & talk to peers

Long-Term Impact

The so-far conducted weekly interactive sessions and stimulating discussions with the 45 boys is showing promising response. There are many boys whose traditional outlook towards girls/ women has changed and they are voicing their feelings against any discrimination meted out to girls/ women in their lives. Continued work with them, building their capacities to reach out to peers in their communities, will significantly prevent gender-based violence on girls, paving way for healthy communities.

Additional Documentation

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


Organization Information

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @mavamumbai
Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)
Harish Sadani
Project Leader:
Harish Sadani
Mumbai , Maharashtra India

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