Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter

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A study on Knowledge, Practices and Social Attitudes towards Gender and Gender Based Violence in Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, Hambantota and Batticaloa districts

On behalf of CARE International Sri Lanka, SI conducted a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice (KAP) study, in June 2011, to engage men and boys as catalysts for gender based equity in Sri Lanka. The study was designed by Partners for Prevention (P4P), a UN interagency initiative with UNDP, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UNV. The principal researchers for the Sri Lanka study were Prof. Neloufer de Mel and Ms. Shyamala Gomez. Fieldwork for the study commenced in January 2012 and SI conducted 2000 Male interviews & 1000 Female interviews in the selected districts of Batticaloa, Hambantota, Nawalapitiya and Colombo for the quantitative component.

Childhood experiences, attitudes about relations between men and women, intimate relationships, fatherhood/motherhood, health and wellbeing, awareness about policies were some of the key themes explored in this survey. Given the sensitive nature of the data collected, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) were used for data collection.

Download the full report here.

Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution- and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process. Focusing primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated.