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Q&A Alonzo / Heilman / Engaging Men And Boys


Today On Our Women Rising Series, Efforts To Educate Young Boys Against Violence Toward Women. Recent Cases Of Violence Against Women In Asia Have Been Horrifying. Boy Preference In Pregnancy; A Father Stoning His Own Daughter In An Honor-Killing  In Front Of A Court House In Lahore, Pakistan; In India, Two Young Cousins Hung From Trees After Being Gang-Raped; The High-Profile Case Of A Then-12 Year Old Malala Yousafzai Being Shot By The Taliban For Promoting Education For Girls In Pakistan. The Message Is Clear To Women And Girls: You Are Not Safe; You Are Not Valued; You Don't Matter. But As Local And International Communities Are More And More Vocal About Their Outrage Of The Treatment Of Women And Girls, The Tide Is Turning. To Truly See Change, The Root Causes Of Violence Must Be Challenged. Brian Heilman, Gender And Evaluation Specialist At The International Center For Research On Women Has Authored A New Report On His Research That Shows That Gender Norms And Behaviors That Lead To Violence Are Developed When Boys Are Young. He Tells Daybreak Asia's Frances Alonzo Of The Importance Of Engaging Men And Boys To Advance Gender Equality And The Success Of School Based Programs To Help Boys And Girls Build Gender-Equitable, Healthy, Non-Violent Lifestyles At A Pivotal Time When Attitudes And Behaviors Are Still Being Developed.

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