X-MEN will contribute to preventing gender-based violence

X-MEN – Masculinities, Empathy, Nonviolence promotes non-violent and equitable masculinities and the development of strategies that break the cycles of violence, including gender-based violence (GBV). The project will be implemented in 3 European countries – Portugal, Spain and Croatia.

During adolescence and early adulthood, gendered behaviours and attitudes are often influenced (and might be exacerbated) by the institutional contexts where the risk of being exposed to symbolic and actual violence is considerably higher, such as juvenile detention centres and refugee camps. Most of these contexts are hierarchical institutions ‘sealed off’ from the outside world, and present challenges to promoting empathy and equitable gender relations.

COVID-19 impacts on young boys

In addition to the various health and economic impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the existing gender and social inequalities and had a disproportionately negative effect on women and children, notably for those already in a vulnerable situation. 

X-MEN aims to conduct research and design tools and programs to reduce gender-based violence and promote equitable masculinities to face these challenges.

Within the framework of the X-Men project "Masculinities, Empathy, Nonviolence", educators Tomislav Jelekovic and Elizabeta Matković from the Status M team are conducting workshops with young men in the correctional institution Turopolje, and with young women in the correctional institution Pozega in Croatia. 
Between the 17th and 26th of January 2023, the Cepaim Foundation organized the online course “Masculinity and interculturality in the care of minors migrating alone”.
The X-MEN project was present at the conference "Men, masculinities and public policies. Commitment to equality", which took place in the Basque Country from 13 to 15 December 2022.