Thanks team! Yes, we will be inclusive of existing GBV initiatives already existent in Malawi - particularly the The Malawi Network on Gender Based Violence. We would hope to work with them to assess their capacity for engaging men and boys and build their capacity in that area.
We think that girls can be particularly well-engaged in program design and evaluation and that they too can gain a great deal from learning about healthy masculinity, healthy relationships and how men can be effective allies in gender equality. A 2015 USAID and Healthy Policy Project literature review of GBV in Malawi noted that 30 percent of males and 39 percent of females agreed with the statement “women sometimes deserve to be beaten.” As such, both men and women can benefit from understanding where to draw the line on violence, and how to do so effectively.
White Ribbon's methodology has been well-honed after 25 years and we find it very effective to separate men and boys and women and girls in the context of these conversations. Often in the women's groups, revelations of past abuse comes to light and the gendered nature of the space provides them the safety to express these things. Equally amongst young men, disclosures of past trauma or past use of violence often emerge in a gendered group. We also have experience of working with faith leaders on how they can help support men from adopting positive masculinities and eschewing anti-social behaviours often associated with "toxic masculinity" .