Young men, of 18 to 20 years from colleges and universities, are being engaged and mentored long-term by MAVA team on a wide range of gender and sexuality matters. Using out-of-the box methods like interactive workshops, street-theatre, film-screenings, folk media, wall newspapers and social media, these mentored men have been reaching out to thousands of peers standing up for women’s right to safety. The program has been up-scaled to over 9 districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and reaching out to also adolescent boys in communities. MAVA has collaborated with local educational institutions and civil society organizations in implementing the Gender Sensitization and Mentoring initiative in these districts.
The program has been further advanced in September 2020 to 3 new States of India – Assam, Gujarat and Karnataka with a new set of 100 young men being mentored by MAVA and collaborating partner organizations. They will be, in coming 3 years, upskilled and enabled to reach out and ignite thousands of young men in their neighbourhood and in their Region.