Promoting Non-violent Masculine Identities in El Salvador and Nicaragua

The aim of this project is to prevent violence and increase resilience among individuals and communities in El Salvador and Nicaragua by contributing to more informed, effective, and participatory interventions. Although violence levels in the region are extremely high in both private and public spheres, not enough research has been developed to find linkages between the different types of violence. Research on violence against youth, women, and children tends to be treated separately, each with its own conceptual frameworks and approaches.

This project will make the links through a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on common risk and protective factors affecting public and domestic violence against women, children, and youth in vulnerable areas. A strong gender perspective will be used. It will be focused on the construction of non-violent masculine identities, with particular attention to conditions under which non-violent masculine role models and identities can emerge.

Focusing on young men from vulnerable urban communities in both countries, the project will combine two complementary methodological approaches. It will adapt and apply the renowned International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) to generate sophisticated and comparable data that can inform policy debates. It will also develop Participatory Action Research to engage activists, practitioners, local authorities, and policymakers in explaining practices and attitudes of young men, making sense of quantitative data and defining its relevance to improve policy and intervention designs. IDRC will partner with the Nicaraguan organization Fundación Puntos de Encuentro to implement the project.

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24 months

IDRC Officer

Florencio Ceballos

Total funding

CA$ 490,400


El Salvador, Nicaragua

Project Leader

Douglas Antonio Mendoza Urrutia


Fundación Puntos de Encuentro para la Transformación de la Vida Cotidiana

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