We are coming together on the International Day of Families on 15th May to celebrate the role of men and boys in supporting healthy, happy families. Gender inequality is common in many of the countries that we work. Often it leads to early marriage, violence and abuse of women and children but working with men and boys can change this reality. On International Day of Families we recognise the positive role that men and boys can play in families.
Gender Based Violence
One of the key causes of children ending up living or working on the streets is the breakdown of families through gender-based violence. ChildHope believes that girls and boys deserve a life free from injustice and abuse, to live in supportive families and have equal access to education. Almost a third of women from a low income community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil reported having experienced physical violence from a male partner and strong links were found between low levels of education and increased use of physical violence against women . ChildHope works with our partner Instituto Promundo in Brazil, to transform violent masculinities and gender norms into which men are socialized. These harmful norms often lead men, especially in their youth, to engage in situations of violence.
Practicing Sport: Winning in Life
Boys and girls from low income communities - 'favelas' - participate in football, educational support and learn life skills to prevent violence. Workshops build skills of communication, knowledge of sexuality, fatherhood and care-giving and reproductive and gender rights. These key messages were extended to parents through two community campaigns with discussion groups and interactive play.
Last year, ChildHope with Instituto Promundo reached over 350 children and their families. Results included increasing awareness of rights and change in attitudes, with over 100% of boys and girls aged 15 or over rejecting the use of violence to resolve conflict in relationships.
This method of working with children and young people aims to ensure that families of the future in Brazil are free from abuse and where men and women play an equal role in caring for children.
One of the boys enrolled in the project said "they teach me well & I have passed in Portuguese & Mathematics because of the project if it wasn't for the project I could be on the streets where there are drugs"