Engaging Men through Accountable Practice (EMAP) Resource Package
The EMAP approach recognizes that transformational work with men must be guided by dual principles of support and accountability. Men must be given time to process the impact gender socialization has on themselves, women and girls, and their communities. However, because unlearning deeply internalized beliefs related to masculinity is a process, behaviors do not disappear overnight. In order to avoid reinforcing the negative dynamics that interventions are attempting to transform, practitioners must be equipped with the skills to support men in recognizing their power and privilege so that they might use it to further the interests of women and girls. To anticipate and address these challenges and opportunities, EMAP will offer guidance for practitioners to mindfully engage men while simultaneously empowering and practicing accountability toward women. Read the introductory guide in English or French.
EMAP centers on a detailed guidance package for accountable practice that outlines the need for structures and processes that ensure women’s leadership within primary prevention intervention efforts geared toward men. The Guidance Package is intended to introduce practitioners to the model, key concepts, and guiding principles of the EMAP approach.
The EMAP Implementation Guide contains the weekly lessons for working with women and men in single-sex groups, as well as tips for practitioners to effectively introduce and implement the intervention. It also provides guidance for practitioners on how to build on and strengthen interventions that are already happening with women in communities. Read the EMAP Implementation Guide in English or French.
Women’s Dialogue Sessions
The Activity Guide contains detailed weekly lesson plans for six Women’s Dialogue Sessions that provide women in the intended community with information about engaging men in GBV prevention and opens space for women to define their key priorities and concerns. Through these dialogue groups and additional opportunities for ongoing individual feedback from women, the EMAP approach provides a structure and process for tailoring and assessing the intervention within each community.
The Activity Guide also contains an evidenced-based 16-week men’s curriculum that is based on the premise that men are concerned about the high rates of violence against women and girls and that they are in a critical position to help end that violence. Through weekly discussion sessions, the program equips men with the knowledge and tools to understand the root causes of GBV. The curriculum works to challenge their internalized beliefs and attitudes about masculinity, gender and power so they can begin to change behaviors that reinforce gender oppression within their families and communities.
The Activity Guide will also contain tools that monitor progress towards outcomes and minimize potential harm done during implementation. Monitoring tools will assist practitioners in analyzing the success of the intervention, as reported by male participants, female community members, and lead facilitators. These tools will help practitioners assess the progress and overall outcomes of the intervention.
The training guide will serve to support practitioners by providing instruction on preparing for and leading weekly groups with men. In addition, the training guide will equip facilitators with the skills and tools to include the voices and input of women and girls throughout the intervention, and include their stated needs and goals as measures of change. Read the training guide in English or French.
Suggestions and information will be included with EMAP for how to use social norms tools to enhance the intervention concurrently or after its completion. These tools are based on IRC’s field-tested social norms campaigns. Preliminary finding indicate that social norms work can build on other interventions by furthering participants’ skills and abilities to promote gender equity in their communities.