65% of men in India believe there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten. Rigid gender norms and stereotypes reinforced over generations in a largely patriarchal society remain the root cause of discrimination against women.
Social expectations of how men and boys should be and act directly affect behaviour related to gender-based violence, HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health. Dasra's whitepaper, Ladies and Gentle Men, explores the issue of engaging men and boys in women's development in India. It highlights existing gender norms, the four pillars of engagement - family, school, media and community - effective strategies and current efforts in India. It also offers a snapshot of some of the most impactful programs aimed at this effort.