YOUTUBE MEDIA
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May 8, 2014

Around the world, low income young men are at risk of dropping out of school and at higher risk of multiple forms of violence (including homicide). In Brazil, low income young men of African descent make up the majority of the 40,000 homicide victims every year. In the US and the Caribbean, young men of color are overrepresented in school drop-out and in prison. In such settings, given the lack of opportunities and historical injustices, young men sometimes gravitate toward versions of manhood associated with gang-related violence, and sexual conquest; as many as a third of young men in such settings have no or little contact with their biological fathers. Hyper-masculine cultures reinforced in such settings create vulnerabilities for women, girls, boys and men. What policy and program approaches work in such settings? How can we see young men as diverse, as allies in gender and social justice, rather than as threats? What does emerging research tell us about how to achieve change? And how does such work connect to or dialogue with efforts to promote the empowerment of adolescent girls? This event included the premiere of the PBS-To the Contrary documentary “Becoming Papa,” which follows the stories of men in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, followed by a discussion from leading researchers and voices in the field.

Jeni Klugman

Jeni Klugman

Peter Wellers

Peter Weller

David Grosso

David Grosso