Making Boys Part of the Solution
EQUAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION | Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and Equal Community Foundation (ECF) are working together to create a free and more just society for all genders. Unlike the majority of other gender-based approaches however, this joint project specifically targets boys and young men, who might become perpetrators within patriarchal structures but can also suffer from patriarchy and sexual violence at the same time.
The projects attempts to dismantle the structures creating such masculinity with a double track approach. One track works towards institutional change by offering workshops for educators and other multipliers, sensitizing them for gender issues and teaching gender-transformative methodologies. While this track develops in-depth skills and methods, the other track tries to extend the reach by producing films and pop-cultural products in cooperation with boys and young men that ECF is working with on a day-to-day basis. All this is directed towards the overall aim to establish a programme among a broad alliance of Indian civil-society organisations to raise boys and young men towards a gender-equitable adulthood, called “Project Raise.”
Being based in Pune, the Equal Community Foundation (ECF) works with boys belonging to the age group of 13 to 17. Yet, only a few organisations who care about gender equality and gender equity run programs that seek outcomes that demonstrate changes in boy’s and men’s behaviour. ECF was founded in 2009 to tackle this gap by raising every adolescent boy in India to be gender equitable - an outcome ECF calls Gender Equitable Boys.