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Parivartan: Coaching Boys Into Men

Adolescents and Youth, Men and Masculinities, Sports for Development, Violence Against Women and Girls

The Parivartan program aims to reduce gender-based violence by working with men and boys through India’s popular sport of cricket. The program was based on Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM), an initiative of the United States (US)-based Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) that engages coaches as positive role models and trains them to deliver messages to their male athletes about the importance of respecting women and understanding that violence never equals strength. Based on lessons from implementation of CBIM in the US, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) developed and piloted an India-specific, cricket-based adaptation of the program: “Parivartan”, which means transformation. The Mumbai-based program engaged cricket coaches and mentors in schools and the community to:

  • Raise awareness about abusive and disrespectful behavior;
  • Promote gender-equitable, non-violent attitudes; and
  • Teach skills to speak up and intervene when witnessing harmful and disrespectful behaviors.

Findings from the study have been very encouraging—they have demonstrated a distinct positive shift in the attitudes of athletes as well as coaches and mentors towards gender equity and violence against women. Alongside the change in attitudes, there is a promising indication of behavioral change as well; however to sustain and amplify the translation of attitudinal change into behavioral change, a sustained long-term investment in the Parivartan program is an imperative. 

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Related STRIVE Consortium Publications (http://strive.lshtm.ac.uk/)

Duration: 2008 - 2012
Partners: Apnalaya, Breakthrough and Mumbai School Sports Association
Project Director: Ravi Verma
Project Countries: India
 

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