Past Event

Engaging men and boys on gender issues in India

14 July 2022 13:00–14:30

Online and room 100

Global progress on gender equality is under attack. Engaging men and boys on gender issues is a key way we can counter gender backlash.

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Join Countering Backlash, Men Against Violence and Abuse, and Men end FGM for an interactive discussion about methods, lessons learnt and reflections on working with men and boys on gender issues in India and Kenya.

Mr. Harish Sadani, will be talking about his work on gender and masculinity, which he has been involved in for over three decades. He will showcase part of a documentary he produced – “Yuva Maitri: Young Men Breaking the Moulds” – which focuses on the tools and methodologies used to engage young men on contemporary gender issues.

Mr Sadani will also discuss the process and methods used, reflecting on the challenges he has been facing while addressing gender-based violence, in the current political context of India. He will also share the outcomes and insights of a unique international travelling film festival on Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, which he has been running over the past five years.

Our discussant, Tony Mwebia, will comment on what we have seen and heard with some reflections on working with men to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya.

The final 30-40 minutes will be reserved for an open discussion with participants on-line and in the room.

In preparation for the seminar, please watch this YouTube video.


  • Harish Sadani, Executive Director of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) India
  • Tony Mwebia, MA Gender and Development student at IDS and Executive Director of Men End FGM Foundation in Kenya


  • Jerker Edström, IDS Fellow and programme convenor for Countering Backlash: Reclaiming Gender Justice

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Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Communications and Impact Officer


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