MAVA (Men Against Violence & Abuse) based in Mumbai and supported by DAWN worldwide works to create a movement to explore the role of men as ‘partners’ and ‘stakeholders’ in addressing the gender issues of our society, including the issues of women’s empowerment through cultural advocacy, direct intervention and youth education initiatives.
Among its various projects, MAVA just wrapped up its participation in the globally recognized movement, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which takes place annually from November 25 to December 10. While the organization was very busy hosting a film festival, and sharing their student-written and performed plays on sexual harassment, they also launched a brand-new website!
The new site, Youth for Gender Equality, aims to reach out to and openly communicate with India’s youth on a range of issues related to gender. The website features posts from MAVA staff members about current topics, including provisions in the law that protect women in the workplace. But even more exciting is the “Ask an Expert” aspect of the site. MAVA has created a forum through which young people can ask questions, anonymously or not, directly to experts prominent in fields related to mental health, sex, sexuality, and gender. Answers to individual’s questions are listed so everyone can see answers to questions they may want to know but are too afraid to ask.