Global Social Welfare

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 91–103 | Cite as

Participants’ Perceptions of the Nature of Events Aimed at Engaging Men to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

  • Juliana Carlson
  • Christopher T. Allen
  • Cliff Leek
  • Heather Storer
  • Erin Casey
  • Richard M. Tolman



This paper aims to describe men’s perceptions of the nature and content of events implemented globally to involve men in ending gender-based violence and to explore the degree to which the features of men’s prevention events differ across geographic regions.


Data from 319 adult, male-identified individuals from 53 countries who had recently attended a prevention event were collected via a trilingual (English, Spanish, and French) online survey. Survey items assessed the recruitment strategies, substantive content, and content delivery methods of the most recent prevention event attended by participants.


Overall, more participants attended events with an ongoing versus one-time format. Participants most commonly learned of an event through a direct invitation by an organization. Events included an average of four content delivery methods, most commonly group discussions and educational presentations. Multi-session events featured both more interactive delivery methods and coverage of more substantive topics. Some significant differences by geographical region appeared; for example, men in North America spent less time at their events than men in other regions, and events in Africa were more likely to feature interactive programming and survivors’ stories than did events in other regions.


The preponderance of multi-session and interactive programming in this sample is encouraging and consistent with principles of effective prevention. There may be a regional nature of the events to engage men in primary prevention of gender-based violence. Regional similarities and differences suggest the need for ongoing cross-regional discussion and learning regarding emerging effective approaches to involve men in ending violence.


Engaging men Gender-based violence Prevention Events Regional analysis 



The authors would like to thank all the participants who volunteered their time to participate in this study. We are also grateful to Juan Carlos Areán, Rus Funk, Jonathan Grove, and Oswaldo Montoya, who generously donated consultation regarding the content and translation of the survey used in this research, and to the Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention Global Advisory Board.

Compliance with Ethical Standards


There was no funding for this study.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of a university human subjects committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA
  3. 3.SociologyUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreeleyUSA
  4. 4.School of Social WelfareTulane UniversityOrleansUSA
  5. 5.Social Work ProgramUniversity of Washington, TacomaTacomaUSA
  6. 6.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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