Engaging men to contribute to safer communities in Tonkolili District – project evaluation

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Engaging men to contribute to safer communities in Tonkolili District – project evaluation

19 June 2015

Throughout her lifetime, a woman in Sierra Leone is highly vulnerable to various forms of sexual and gender-based violence. While girls may be more vulnerable to forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, women in formal or customary marriages may be at particular risk of specific forms of sexual, physical, psychological and economic violence inflicted by male partners.

Participants in Concern’s “Engaging Men to Contribute to Safer Communities in Tonkolili District” project in Sierra Leone. Photo taken by Concern Worldwide.

Through its “Engaging Men to Contribute to Safer Communities in Tonkolili District” project – funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Concern aimed to reduce sexual violence against women and girls in Tonkolili District, through increased awareness, changed attitudes and an improved referral system.

Concern’s two-pronged strategy for achieving this goal has been highly effective and transformative. The testimony of women and men suggests that the intervention had a transformative impact on behaviours and relationships. From a gender perspective, these changes have addressed issues of equity, by improving the conditions of women, in terms of their freedom from violence, reduced workloads, improved health, food security and reports more communicative and supportive emotional relationships with partners and across all family members.

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Participants in Concern’s “Engaging Men to Contribute to Safer Communities in Tonkolili District” project in Sierra Leone. Photo taken by Concern Worldwide.

Engaging men to contribute to safer communities in Tonkolili District – project evaluation

This report examines the relative success of a project to engage men with a view to reducing sexual violence against women and girls in Tonkolili District in Sierra Leone.