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Das et al. (2012) – Reviewing Responsibilities and Renewing Relationships – An Intervention with Men on Violence against Women in India

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Violence against women is increasingly seen as a key women’s rights issue in India. Some efforts to address it have started to engage men. The current study focuses on the impacts of Men’s Action to Stop Violence Against Women (MASVAW), a network of men working on gender-based violence in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in India. The purpose of the study was to determine the extent to which MASVAW activists incorporate gender-equitable attitudes and practices into their own lives and to identify their influence on men around them. The cross-sectional study includes three groups: activists, men living in an area where activists conducted outreach activities and a control group living in an area with no MASVAW activities. Both activists and activist influenced men scored higher on measures of gender-equitable beliefs and practices than controls, suggesting that MASVAW activism is successful. Furthermore, men from the activist influenced group scored higher in gender progressiveness even if they did not have contact with MASVAW themselves, suggesting a diffusion effect of social change. However, there were some areas where the activists had low scores, suggesting need for additional inputs.


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Das, Abhijit, Elizabeth Mogford, Satish Kumar Singh, Ruhul Amin Barbhuiya, Shishir Chandra, and Rachel Wahl2012. “Reviewing Responsibilities and Renewing Relationships: An Intervention with Men on Violence against Women in India.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 14(6):659–75. doi:0.1080/13691058.2012.677477.

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