The Uncommon Man

July 11, 2008

Male Involvement Project in Cote d'Ivoire

Building on our collaboration on a Male Involvement Project in Liberia, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Men's Resources International are now developing a similar program with communities in the neighboring West African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Like Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire is a country recovering from recent violent conflicts, and gender-based violence is a common part of family and community life.

In Cote d'Ivoire, MRI will provide male involvement training for IRC field staff and for male and female leaders in six rural communities. A follow-up men's group will meet for several months to integrate and practice these skills using a curriculum developed in collaboration with Sonke Gender Justice Network from South Africa. Community awareness campaigns will then be developed and conducted in collaboration with community leaders and women's groups.

In addition, the IRC has contracted with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation of the Male Involvement Project in Cote d'Ivoire. Baseline and post-intervention surveys will be conducted in the six intervention communities as well as six control communities where program implementation will be delayed until after the research is completed. This research will make a significant contribution to the field of engaging men and boys in violence prevention and positive masculinity.

Posted by Daniel at July 11, 2008 02:20 PM

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