As a “gender champion” Bura has journeyed with 30 men since October 2015, facilitating community dialogues with them. Other couples now reach out to him and his wife for help. Here’s what he had to say about how this work is inspiring transformation:
“Before, the situation was not good, even in my own home. When I attended the training it changed our behaviour and the role we play for the good of our community. Physical violence decreased in the community and it has become rare. If there is a risk of conflict, people avoid resorting to violence to solve their problem.”
Tearfund’s approach is unique and meaningful to people like Bura because the curriculum also uses relevant biblical scriptures to explore these concepts. This brings the conversation on gender equality and SGBV from within people’s understanding and experiences of their faith and cultures. The Transforming Masculinities process and tools are being used and adapted in many countries, including Myanmar, Colombia, and Liberia. Our journey continues, and together we can envision a better world for both men and women, where equality is not an agenda or question, but a reality.
Exploring the linkages of gender, masculinities and faith, a qualitative research report on sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia, has recently been published by Tearfund.
This project was funded by UK aid from the UK government, via the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme (www.whatworks.co.za)