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Darj et al. (2017) – ‘Even Though a Man Takes the Major Role, He Has No Right to Abuse’ – Future Male Leaders’ Views on Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka

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Background: Distinct gender roles influence gender inequality and build the foundation for gender-based violence. Violence against women is a major public health problem in all societies, and a violation of human rights. Prevalence surveys on gender-based violence have been published from Sri Lanka, but qualitative studies on men’s perceptions are lacking.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore young educated Sri Lankan men’s perceptions of violence against women.

Methods: Seven focus-group discussions were held. Men at the end of their university studies were purposefully selected. A topic guide was used, covering various scenarios of violence against women. Qualitative content analysis was carried out.

Results: Four categories were developed through the analytic process: fixed gender roles – patriarchal values are accepted in society, female mobility control, and slowly changing attitudes; violence not accepted but still exists – sexual harassment exists everywhere, different laws for different people, female tolerance of violence, and men’s right to punish; multiple factors cause violence – alcohol, violent behavior is inherited, violence culturally accepted, low education, and lack of communication; and prevention of violence against women – both parents must engage and socialize girls and boys equally, life skills education, premarital counselling, working places value clarification, and more women in politics and boards are suggested.

Conclusions: Medical and management students, possible future male leaders of the country, have suggestions of prevention strategies in life skills to reduce gender-based violence and to increase knowledge of health consequences with the aim of changing attitudes.


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Darj, Elisabeth Darj, Kumudu Wijewardena, Gunilla Lindmark, and Pia Axemo2017. “‘Even Though a Man Takes the Major Role, He Has No Right to Abuse’: Future Male Leaders’ Views on Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka.” Global Health Action 10(1):1348692. doi:10.1080/16549716.2017.1348692.

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