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BraveMen Campaign on COVID 19

COVID-19 has not only confined everyone within home but also has changed the way we interact with the world completely. Most importantly, the majority of our day-to-day tasks have moved online. For this reason, people who were not active online before the pandemic are forced to adapt and engage online with others for their daily endeavors. This has also given rise for the increase in online violence towards people of all age groups.

No doubt this pandemic has made life harder for people of all ages. Some of the people have been struggling to even ensure their basic necessities, as resources and opportunities are scarce. Sexual and reproductive health and rights was the field which saw a dire need of attention. This study and parallel discussion specified how the pandemic has influenced intimate partner violence and  online violence, hampered accessing SRHR services and tried to find the scopes to work against it. As part of the project titled BraveMen Campaign on COVID-19, data was collected on status and forms of perpetration of online violence, intimate partner violence at the households and violation of the rights in accessing SRHR services during Covid-19 crisis, from all the eight divisions in Bangladesh.

The overall objective of the project was to initiate an online policy dialogue on the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic concerning gender-based violence. At the core of the project, there was online research using a mixed-method approach in Bangladesh. The research was conducted in four key areas; first status of intimate partner violence at the households; second status and forms of perpetration of online violence; third, violation of the rights in accessing SRHR services during

Covid-19 crisis and fourth, mapping of the local and global best practices. The policy dialogues in the form of webinars were closely tied to experience sharing and generating a better understanding of how to prevent violence against girls, women, and SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) people during the pandemic like COVID-19 ensuring better SRHR services and awareness.

Research was conducted using the online social platform of Funtaseum (a Facebook-based feminist group with 40,000 active members), UNYSAB Facebook page (a volunteer youth organization with around 200,000 members), and BraveMen Campaign Facebook page (currently has 4,000 followers).

Online data collection (using both survey and interview methods) on intimate partner violence at the households, status and forms of perpetration of online violence and violation of the rights in accessing SRHR services during Covid-19 crisis ran for 6 months. Quantitative data was collected from 450 people (both male and female and between the age of 15 -60) in each of the phases. From these participants, using a purposive snowball sampling 10 people (an equal number of male and female) were interviewed over the telephone, Zoom and skype. 5 more participants from the marginalized group were interviewed over the phone who shared their experience during the lockdown. Along with the online survey and interview, content analysis was done to explore how girls, women, and LGBTQ+ people had become victims of online bullying, violence, and trouble getting SRHR service.

CMMS shared the insights and analysis of the data (mostly from webinars and desk reviews) through an online conference including all the participants of the webinars as well as some targeted policymakers. The analysis was also disseminated through social media as well as print and electronic media. Awareness raising posts and blog writing in online platforms were part of the campaign.

  1. On our 1st Facebook webinar on Accessing SRHR Services During Corona Pandemic, we were able to reach 5227 people where 1800 people were viewed our webinar and got 738 engagements from them.
  2. On our 2nd Facebook webinar on Online Violence During COVID-19, we were able to reach 7100 people where 2800 people viewed our webinar and got 763 engagements from them.
  3. On our 3rd Facebook webinar on Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19, we were able to reach 3500 people where 1100 people viewed our webinar and got 480 engagements from them.

On our 4th Facebook webinar on The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the lifestyle of people all over the world , we were able to reach 3100 people where 1100 people viewed our webinar and got 290 engagements from them.

Action Research on Community Dialogue Addressing Masculinities to End VAW&G 2012-13

There have been different works towards women’s empowerment. Our government has been working with the oath of improving women’s situation by adopting different women friendly policy like free education up to degree level, quotas in work sector and so on. Thus there is no doubt that there are resources for women with which she can practice her agency. But it is not the whole of the story. There prevails patriarchal gender order where men in general possess some power over women and thus they act as the “Gatekeepers” of both material and social resources. So we will not be able to uphold women’s situation unless we start working with the men. The concern should be to change men’s negative practices. If we can bring positive masculinities into the light, then men will have alternative ways to practice other than patriarchal practices. And that was indeed prime objective of this action research.

Developing Online Human Rights Course

Human rights have a multidimensional nature which varies across cultures and different societies. Thus it is necessary to have an insight regarding human rights. To fulfil this aim, The Center for Men and Masculinity Studies has developed an online-based human rights course under the leadership of National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh with the support of UNDP Human Rights Program. The course has been created as part of a school-based project called the Bravemen Campaign.
The course is presented from the website ‘Muktopath’. ‘Muktopath’ is a government platform and has a huge coverage nationally which has about 1203487 students at present. However, the teaser of the course has been inaugurated by the Honorable Law Minister Mr. Anisul Haque MP in a grand Programme on December 21,2021. And the course was uploaded on the NHRC website in the farewell ceremony of Sudipto Mukarjee, former Resident Representative of UNDP at NHRC office on August 7, 2022.

The objective of this course is to let the students know about human rights in fluent language, using digital technology and gain an idea about the history of human rights. The goal of this course is to enable the students to know the necessary information about human rights and acquire the basic skills to work for the establishment of human rights.
The course is mainly designed for adolescent students. The content of this course is divided into 10 episodes. Each episode argues about individual issues related to human rights through short videos and quizzes. The reading materials of this course includes history of human rights, various arguments of different scholars including the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Nasima Begum ndc regarding human rights, the relevance of Universal Declaration of Human Rights into our lives, how human rights got reflected into the constitution of Bangladesh, how the goals of sustainable development uphold the ideology of human rights and how the adolescent boys and girls can work to protect human rights and apply it into their personal lives. The reading materials of this course are presented in an interesting way which is different from the mainstream learning process. The innovative part is that the whole conversation is done by puppet to uphold a national heritage to introduce it to the newer generation. The puppet team ” Inventor’s Puppet ” were in charge of arranging the whole process.
Each episode is based on interesting conversations and at the end of each episode, there are quiz sessions. Only after passing the quiz session, one can move forward to the next episode.

Course link: https://nhrc.muktopaath.gov.bd/

PrioBaba Campaign

“Responsible Father, Happy Family, Prosperous Country,”

When it comes to the topic of violence within family, fathers are often placed in the role of perpetrators. Being the sole decision maker, fathers are indeed the gatekeepers for violence like child marriage. But research suggested that in most of the cases fathers think they

Working towards Formulating a Youth Action Plan to Implement National Youth Policy 2017

The role of Youth has always been a top priority in the discussions of development and moreover Bangladesh is going through the phase of demographic dividend where youth consists of one-third of its population. In the eve of the 11thNational Parliamentary Election of Bangladesh, young people seem to have the major concerns to be addressed by the upcoming government. A consistent study is needed to estimate the concerns of the youth, to carry the words from the youth to the stakeholders. Considering these, Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS) with support from ActionAid Bangladesh conducted a survey among 1000 young people aging from 15 to 35 from 8 divisions of Bangladesh to identify youth’s expectations from the upcoming new government and the areas of priority for them regarding implementation of the National Youth Policy 2017. In this study equal number of male and female was ensured, equal participation from rural and urban areas was also measured.

Working as the Secretariat of Engaging Men and Boys Network in Bangladesh 2013-2014

Centre for Men and Masculinities has been a member organization of Engage Men and Boys Network since January 2012. In January 2013 it has been given the responsibilities to work as the Secretariat of this network. The network has been working for the last few years to mobilize men and boys against VAW&G and CMMS has always contributed in different initiatives taken by Engage Men and Boys Network. For the last few years the network observed the 16 days activism for no violence against women and children program in association with the UNFPA Bangladesh, which was a huge success – both in terms of drawing attention in media and mobilizing mass people at different places.

Menstrual Cup Campaign

The project’s aim is to make menstrual cups accessible to women in Bangladesh and to break with taboos surrounding the topic. Menstrual cups are a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to pads and tampons and can change the lives of girls and women. About three hundred fifty women have participated in the CMMS Menstrual Campaign, supported bu Poculum (a students’ project based on Germany) and more than a hundred women have expressed interest in using the Cup.

“Where the use of pads has become risky, the menstrual cup seems to be a blessing,” said users. Starting from stomach ache, women have to spend sleepless nights for fear of leakage and decreases of Mobility when they using pad . Social barriers are not leaving women behind. Since the cup is located inside the body, there are questions about the virginity of women. While the women of the first world country are moving forward ignoring all these barriers, our country is then standing as a barrier to the movement in a simple way. However, it is scientifically proven that there is no question of losing the integrity of women in the use of menstrual cups. Although some women use the cup ignoring the social stigma, thousands of women are still confused . Misinformation about using cups does not allow them to set foot in new life. One Cup user said, “I couldn’t sleep many nights. I was afraid to go out during the period if the clothes got stuck?” Another one said, “ I was in trouble. But after using the cup, my mobility has increased in period time. I fly like a free bird. ” also Another said, “When you use pads, you get rashes, itching and you always have to be mentally weak, but when you use cups, sometimes I forget that my period is going on. The process of change is also very easy.” You can save money because a cup can be used up to 10 years. The menstrual cup is eco-friendly and sustainable . Many people have many questions in their mind that I am unmarried, what size should I use? Will the cup go inside after inserting? CMMS arranges a workshop with various questions and answers, where videos are shown with how to insert or take out the cup without fear. Moreover, from pre-survey to post-survey, women are treated very carefully and are updated monthly by CMMS. CMMS came with a very small number of cups, but now the demand has increased more than the supply. In this way, CMMS is helping women to take another step forward. Where women are unable to ensure quality education during period despite the use of pads,they can not go school properly, CMMS is helping them to ensure quality education, keep them mentally peaceful and increase mobility. The use of the menstrual cup seems to have given a new lease of life.

Partnering with ActionAid Bangladesh

The role of Youth has always been a top priority in the discussions of development and moreover Bangladesh is going through the phase of demographic dividend where youth consists of one-third of its population. In the eve of the 11thNational Parliamentary Election of Bangladesh

Other Activities and Projects of CMMS

Centre for Men and Masculinities has been a member organization of Engage Men and Boys Network since January 2012. In January 2013 it has been given the responsibilities to work as the Secretariat of this network.

BraveMen Campaign

BraveMen Campaign has been a unique self reflexive learning process starting at an early age, helping young and adolescent boys to embody positive forms of masculinities while mobilizing girls to overcome negative impact of femininity to fight Gender Based Discrimination and Violence. The BMC approach involves young men, women, boys and girls in micro-level, inclusive, tolerant and gender transformative practices at home and then connect it with community activism leading to more gender equitable, inclusive and tolerant macro-level behavior and preventing VAW&G.
Redefining the idea of bravery, as an act of protesting discrimination and violence instead of committing those, BMC celebrates role models of GBV prevention and involve men and boys without demonizing those. Since 2012 BMC has involved 108 schools and 3000+ students from different districts of Bangladesh.