Worldwide, 1 in 2 women killed were killed by their partners or family in 2012. Only 1 out of 20 of all men killed were killed in such circumstances.


Worldwide, 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by

an intimate partner.

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Breaking the Cycle - Engaging men and boys for promoting gender equality and ending violence against women (BreakIN), is the continuation of a previous Project, Breaking the Cycle, that aimed on building capacity of youth and youth workers in the prevention of Gender Based Violence among youth. 

Thanks to the knowledge and skills acquired from the previous project about gender equality and violence against women, it was needed to go further by engaging men on this objective, under the premise that it won´t be possible to end violence against women if we don´t considerate men as agents of change too. For that reason, the project BreakIN gathers 7 organizations from different regions of the world, actively working in this field, with the main aim of engaging young men for promoting gender equality and ending violence against women through advocacy, being developed from 01/12/2018 to 31/01/2020.

  • To engage young men for promoting gender equality and ending violence against women

  • To create an advocacy strategy by and for young people to engage men and boys for promoting gender equality and ending violence against women

  • To highlight the importance of engaging men and boys in the promotion of gender equality and to end violence against women

  • To raise transnational awareness between men and boys on their necessary role in gender issues

  • To understand the current situation about the role of men and boys in gender equality and its influence in society by the exploration and promotion of practices in this field from experts working on the issue.

  • To explore non formal methods to promote gender equality.

  • To provide youth workers in formal and non-formal areas with information and tools for working through advocacy with young men and boys in equality and ending violence against women.

  • To engage men and boys in actions of gender equality and providing them tools to implement their own topic-related programs.

  • To promote tools and the creation of networks for youth on advocacy, and involve stakeholders in the engagement of men and boys in gender issues.

  • To facilitate the access of information and learning outcomes to youth with less opportunities.



  • SEMINAR – understanding and learning from different methodologies used by expert organisations, engaging key external stakeholders in a peer-review and mutual learning activities in order to share good practices and lessons learned from experience.  Taking place for 5 days in March, in New Delhi, India.

  • STUDY VISIT – peer review to provide an insight of how specialised institutions and organisations are actively working in youth advocacy and engaging young men for gender equality, and learning relevant, good development practices from their peers to promote gender equality and advocacy, and overcome some of the challenges involved, with opportunities to discuss, debate and question approaches. Taking place for 5 days in May in The Netherlands.

  • TRAINING FOR YOUTH AND YOUTH WORKERS -  understanding the role of men and boys in gender justice, and how to implement actions to engaging men and boys in these issues, participatory methods and program models and approaches. During the training, items as advocacy, case management, program planning and design will be targeted, and other sectors will be introduced. Taking place for 7 days in August, in Kotte, Sri Lanka.

  • LOCAL WORKSHOPS/PROGRAMS – A series of local workshops to develop their own programs and workshops with local youth using the non-formal methodology inspired by the experiences and research done on the field of engaging men and boys in gender equality. The development of programs or workshops will promote new skills and reflection about the importance of involving men and boys in the common fight of GBV and gender inequality. Taking place for 3 days in the different countries.

  • E-LEARNING COURSE (OER) – online course with contents developed by experts and leader organizations in this field, facilitating the acquisition of knowledge through an online platform, being more accessible and flexible for young people in remote areas.

  • 2 days LARGE SCALE YOUTH EVENT – large scale event that demonstrates the diverse interests, skills and activities of young people in promoting gender equality to provoke youth to get actively involved with their own ideas and to successfully implement them and make them a reality. Taking place for 2 days in December.

  • INFORMATION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - Meeting with stakeholders in the community to disseminate the results of the project, and elaboration of different materials as an Advocacy toolkit, Good Practices Guide, a documentary and a list of recommendations. The Awareness Campaign will be conducted simultaneously in each partner country for 1 month.



  • Development of potential and prospects of intersector co-operation.

  • Inclusion of organisations and public institutions in dealing with engaging men and boys in the promotion of gender equality and ending violence against women.

  • Introduction of innovative practice in the field to promote equality among youth. 

  • Development of advocacy tools for youth.

  • Development of work methods of organisations and institutions and their extension to new action in the field of non-formal education for youth.

    Development on specific contents of how engage young men in gender equality.


Centro Rural Joven Vida (Cerujovi), Spain


Cerujovi is a non for profit organization which was born to give youth the opportunity to fight for equal rights and promote tolerance in a plural society, especially for those with fewer opportunities. It currently manages a women´ shelter in the city of Cáceres, working with victims of gender-based violence, giving them a chance to go ahead with their lives, in a safe place, through psychological support, healthy free time, workshops, job searching, etc.
The organization has a rich experience in intercultural programs and seminars, training in a plural culture and equal rights. Since their beginning, it has fight to give opportunities to youth. Since 2011, Cerujovi has implemented different projects to support women in different contexts, especially girls, by the creation of a group of youth, involved in different projects as the creation of a Newspaper, research, or workshops in high schools, University, and seminars, as a way to empower women and to fight gender based violence.
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Youth First, Madagascar


Founded in 2011, Youth First is a Malagasy Youth Led organisation. Since 2015, it is implementing a leadership program for women from various constituencies ranging from young women aged 15-24, violence survivors, women victims of human trafficking. Youth First is also one of the most active youth led organisation in Madagascar and his expertise has been sought by various partners like the Ministry of Youth, UNFPA, Organisation International de Migration and represented Malagasy Youth voice at various fora both at national and international level.

YF is member of: the African Youth Panel, the ARASA (Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa) and the Women Thrive Alliance. Youth First Young Women Leadership Program has been identified as one of the youth led initiatives that needs to be scaled up. It received recognition from the Ministry of Youth in 2015, was selected by IREX to be presented in South Africa during the YALI regional conference and was among the 5 winners of the World Bank contest on Youth Entrepreneurship.

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Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), India


Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) is a national civil society resource organisation  working on policy issues related to social justice perspective oriented governance and accountability primarily in the domains of  health justice and  gender justice. CHSJ focuses on networking, capacity building, research and evidence based advocacy as primary strategies in its work, which is grounded in 10 states on different themes. CHSJ seeks to strengthen governance and accountability in public health and gender justice   through technical support, research, and policy advocacy. It is registered as a Charitable Trust with headquarters in New Delhi and field interventions in more than 10 states of India.
CHSJ has pioneered the advocacy for engaging men within a gender equality framework for gender justice and accountability in India. CHSJ was the co-organiser for the One Billion Rising campaign and led several discussions and talks in Delhi and in other states on the role of men in the increasing violence against women.  CHSJ is the founder members of the MenEngage Global Alliance and hosted the ‘second global symposium on men and boys’ in Delhi in 2014.

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Foundation for Innovative Docial Development


The Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD) is a national nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka working towards the upliftment of living standards of local communities. They enlist civil society participation and social mobilization in order to enhance the status of women, to build a healthy environment for children, and to create a society free from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. They stands out as a pioneering nongovernmental organization in the field of social development.

They have developed many activities to aware population about the need of getting involved in the promotion of gender euqality as his last National Campaign named “Be the Change”, is to engage men and boys in prevention of GBV, aimed at changing minds and behaviors of men and boys towards challenging masculinity and femininity, allowing them to identity the campaign ideology and provides opportunities to become involved, while creating a sense of investment at individual, family, community and national level.

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Diputación Provincial de Cáceres

Cáceres Deputy is the govern authority and regional administration in the province of Cáceres, covering a population of 403665 people, which is one of the two areas in the region of Extremadura, and that covers 223 villages and towns. The main role of the Deputy is to provide to the population in the rural area, which aren´t attended by the central government, with all services demanded. Equality Department has the aims of promote a real and effective equality between women and men, and they provide two strategies of work in this field as it´s the work through gender politics for women, and involving gender cross-wise in other politics.

They in charge of the development of many social projects in Extremadura, having their own strategies to involve population in gender equality and advocacy, offering collaboration with other institutions and organisations to implement their projects in this topic, and monitoring the process and evaluation. They also collaborate in a specific program named ATENPRO, pioneer in the fight of Gender Based Violence, that covers all the emergencies related to this situation, covering their needs within 24 hours. They have their own advocacy strategy that focuses in rural youth, as an important key for the development of the rural areas and population, as they challenge depopulation, especially in youth.


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Samoa Victim Support Group

Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) was established in 2005 whose mission is to provide integrated, personalised, professional service to all survivors of crime.

Initially set up to care, support, and help victims of sexual crimes, SVSG saw after the first few cases it handled, that victims of other areas also sought to get help. As such, SVSG has now extended its arms to embrace victims in any area of need, whether it be domestic violence, harassment in the work place, victims of poverty, etc.

SVSG Juniors came about when the Samoa Victim Support Group as well as SVSG Juniors’ original members identified a need to have a team of young mentors or young people that other young people would be more comfortable to relate to, confide in and interact with. The idea of SVSG Juniors was born on the basis that like SVSG Juniors members – there are many other young individuals out there who want to step up, take part in helping our community, to make a difference in the lives of other young people, to have the opportunity to be the voice of other young people in organizations such as SVSG and to probably be able to carry on the great work done by SVSG later on.

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Emancipator is the Dutch organization for men and gender justice and a member of the global MenEngage alliance. They want to move forward on gender equality justice and objectives. Together with other NGO’s around the world we work to create new ideas about gender, masculinity and to learn healthier ways to relate to each other. Emancipator specifically focuses on a number of topics, such as violence, labour & care, sexuality and sexual diversity.

Emancipator is born from, and an active member of, the global MenEngage Alliance that connects hundreds of NGO’s and thousands of professionals worldwide.  They are co-coordinator of the European MenEngage (with over 160 members from over 30 countries) and the coordinate the Dutch MenEngage NL network. On all levels, MenEngage works to build stronger networks, to enhance visibility, to foster capacity building, and to work on lobby and advocacy. They also carry out the Dutch White Ribbon Campaign, engaging boys and men in the prevention of violence against women.

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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project  ´Breaking the Cycle - Engaging men and boys for promoting gender equality and ending violence against women´  nº 602509-EPP-1-2018-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA , co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.