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The Brave Men Campaign Overview


Brave Men Campaign

The Brave Men Campaign officially started in 2012 as an initiative of the National Human Rights Commission (JAMAKON), supported through its Capacity Development Project (CDP) funded by UNDP, the Swiss Confederation, SIDA and DANIDA. The Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS) and the United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) are the implementing partners. The BraveMen Campaign includes a series of co-curricular community centric activities aimed at developing a positive mindset among school children, especially young boys regarding the rights of women and girls. Every participant has to maintain a diary called ‘Brave Man Diary’ where he narrates and reflects on how he interacts with and treats his female acquaintances on a daily basis. In the second and third phase of the campaign, girls were also included in the campaign and provided with Brave Girl Diary. Curently the fourth phase of the BraveMen Campaign is going on in 50 schools of Gaibandha, Siarjaganj and Cox's Bazaar. Emphasizing on Human Rights and Gender issues more the previous version of BraveMen Diary has been updated and named as Diary of the Braves (সাহসীদের খেরোখাতা).

 

The Campaign at a Glance:

Phase 1:

  • Male students of 18 schools  (10 schools in Dhaka, 2 schools each in Rangpur, Sirajganj, Natore and Pabna)
  • Trained University students worked as facilitators
  • Participants were engaged in different community activities
  • Informal consultation session with guardians
  • Concluded with a gala award giving ceremony

Phase 2:

  • Male and female students of 20 schools, located in different upazilas of Pabna, Sirajganj and Natore districts, were provided with Brave Man and Brave Girl Diary respectively.
  • Trained university students provided TOT to the school teachers who worked as the gender transformative dialogue facilitators
  • NGO activists provided the organizational support to implement the campaign in the rural areas
  • Students’ community activities were reinforced with sports and cultural events
  • Routine-wide consultation sessions with guardians
  • Conclusion of the program with a gala award giving ceremony 

Phase 3

  • Male and female students of 20 schools, located in 5 different upazilas of Sirajganj(Tarash) Gaibandha (Polashbari & Gobindaganj) and Cox's Bazaar (Sadar & Ramu) districts, were provided with Brave Man and Brave Girl Diary respectively.
  • Trained staffs of CMMS provided TOT to the school teachers who worked as the Self Reflesive Dialogue Facilitators
  • NGO activists provided the organizational support to implement the campaign in the rural areas
  • Hundreds of Students’ community activities were reinforced with sports and cultural events
  • Routine-wide consultation sessions with guardians and community leader
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Fair in Each School better understanding about SRHR issues among the students
  • Conclusion of the program with a gala award giving ceremony

Phase Four (October 2018- On going)

  • 50 schools from 5 Upozilas from 3 Different District namely Gaibandha, Sirajganj and Cox's Bazaar
  • 750 boys nad 750 girls in total from 50 schools
  • Informative and Self Reflexive Diary for students named as সাহসীদের খেরোখাতা (Diary of the Braves)
  • More than 500 community activism
  • 100 Human Rights Ambassador form Different College and Universities

Some key findings:

  • Guardians encourage gender activism at an earlier age
  • Gender activism is more eective when it starts from home
  • Micro level behavioral practices helps to initiate long term change
  • Motherhood helps to initiate self-reflexive processes among boys about gender relations
  • Avoiding demonizing men and boys results in greater involvement:
  • Celebrating role models ensures more participation
  • The social activities help to aware the community

To know more about the Brave Men Campaign see our tools, manuals and reports.