The Uncommon Man

May 17, 2008

MRI in Liberia: Introduction


On May 17, 2008, MRI directors Steven Botkin and James Arana traveled to Liberia for a fourth visit in support of the International Rescue Committee's new project, "Part of the Solution: Involving Men in Preventing Gender-Based Violence."

Funded in part through Irish Aid, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Liberia first contracted MRI in October 2006 to help develop an innovative approach to engaging men as allies against GBV in conflict affected settings. Through onsite visits and remote technical support, MRI's work with IRC has lead to:

* Increased understanding and investment among IRC GBV staff in
the value of a male involvement project

* Increased knowledge and capacity among IRC GBV staff on the
fundamental principles for engaging men and basic skills for
facilitating women and men working together as allies

* Development of 15 Men's Groups

* Initial training and supervision conducted with the initial nine
Men's Groups

* Planning for a national awareness raising campaign that was
launched in June 2007

A considerable amount of momentum has been generated in the 15 communities where Men's Action Groups have been started. IRC has contracted with MRI again to provide additional in-country and remote technical support.

During this fourth visit from May 18 - 30, 2008, Steven and James are leading an advanced training on cross-gender dialogue and action-planning, consulting with IRC regarding long-term goals and strategies for the program, and helping to develop monitoring systems for the men's action groups and initiatives.

To read all Liberia entries in chronological order and to see photos from the trip, click here

Posted by Malcolm Chu at May 17, 2008 11:12 AM


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