Tools for "Real Men": Better Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Men and Boys

While doing our training on gender equity with men and boys, an important piece of  feedback we get at the YP Foundation is that many men and boys are struggling with the expectation and aspiration of being what is called “a real man”, a stereotyped figure that expresses…

Elements of Success in Gender Equality Programs for Men and Boys

The YP Foundation’s youth-run and led projects have worked with 5,000 young people in Delhi over the past 9 years. We’ve noticed a marked change in the changing attitudes of young men who have participated in programs. Many of them have gone from working as volunteers to becoming…

Men Must Experience Gender Equality to Be Able to Live It

‘The YP Foundation’s Know Your Body, Know Your Rights campaign is a youth led and -run peer education, capacity building and advocacy program that works with young people in communities and with policy makers to address gender equality, violence against women, sexual rights and reproductive…

Why Engage Boys and Young Men?

Recently the Youth Parliament Foundation (TYPF), which I founded ten years ago in Delhi, conducted 12 consultations for the National AIDS Control Organization in India for recommendations on how the 4th National AIDS Control (NACO)  Programme should be structured to best address HIV prevention education. We talked…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 4)

And when as young people, we asked why this had happened, we received public quotes through the media, where the Chief Minister of a state, went on record to say, “Why do young people need Sex Education in India? We have Yoga.” A member of parliament described the need to implement comprehensive gender and sexuality…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 3)

Why is sexuality so problematic? Why as society, are we so scared to address any kind of sexuality education or rights cohesively? What stops us from giving young people complete rather than half baked information that is critical and live saving and that can protect them from disease, empowers them to be informed individuals and…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 2)

The YP Foundation creates a space in society where young people access the resources, training and mentoring they need to be able to set up and host their own projects with us. These projects target a range of socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental and legal issues that the youth in India feel need to be addressed…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 1)

When you grow up in urban India like I have, it’s almost like growing up with two identities at the same time. The first is all about your own world. You’re a young person, trying to establish yourself in a society that traditionally, doesn’t really listen to young people. And so you meet this second…