Learning How to Include Men in the Process of Empowering Women

Speaker: Equal Community Foundation (ECF)

Equal Community Foundation (ECF) provides Indian young men from low-income communities with knowledge, skills, and leadership so that they can practice and advocate gender-equitable behavior within their community to end violence and discrimination against women. So far, over 4,500 young men have enrolled in their action research program—which reaches 40,000 people all over the city of Pune.

A mentor leads teen boys in a discussion during a three-hour class which is part of the Action for Equality program organized by Equal Community Foundation. Classes take place once a week over a period of 15 weeks. Photo courtesy of Beth Winsor / Equal Community Foundation.

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About This Speaker

Key Info about the Speaker

Name: Equal Community Foundation
Type: Nonprofit
Founded in: 2009
Headquarters: Pune, India
Operates in: Pune, India

Watch This Video

Muir, Will, Teredesai-Heron, Rujuta (Founders and Directors of Equal Community Foundation). "Equal Community Foundation – UnLtd India Investee 2011." Filmed [2011]. Vimeo video. Posted by Equal Community Foundation, 2014. UnLtd India is a launchpad for social entrepreneurs.

Who Will Be Your Interlocutor?

Name: Rujuta Teredesai-Heron
Title: Co-founder and Director of Equal Community Foundation
More: P.G. Diploma, Print Journalism, Pune University, India, 2006


Learning Goals of the Videoconference

  • Identify the factors of gender-based abuse from the perspective of socio-cultural power dynamics.
  • Develop skills to critically analyze and question gendered roles and expectations that are harmful and/or encourage gender-based inequalities, discrimination, and stereotyping.
  • Identify strategies to reduce gender-based discrimination and increase the resources within a community that are dedicated to empowering women.
  • Identify the objectives, key programs, and accomplishments of a social nonprofit whose mission is to advance gender equality through education programs for men.
  • Identify skills and strategies required to create effective change for a gender-based issue through social innovation.

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