The importance of engaging men in the efforts for ending violence against women is obvious but how to engage men in the efforts and what are the appropriate strategies become contested issues due to dilemmas and risks in it. This paper discusses the initiative of engaging men and boys in ending violence against women in Nusa Tenggara Indonesia. The idea of addressing men and boys emerged from the fact that men are often ignored in the efforts of violence against women prevention in Indonesia and most of intervention and prevention programs mainly focus on women and girls. This paper describes strategies of engaging men in the movement for ending violence against women which had been applied in the region and explores the outcomes generated by the strategies. This paper suggests that considering multifaceted factors of violence against women, strategies that address those factors are inevitable. Furthermore, feminist principles are needed to guide those strategies in building non-violent and equal society. Even though the initiative show evidences of change, there are many challenges should be anticipated in order to generate meaningful outcome.
This paper has been published with others paper ini “Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality” Editor: Michael Flood and Richard Howson, publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing UK