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Arvin Panwar

Innovator, TEDxTokyo


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What projects can help girls in developing countries?

There is so much of awareness about girl child compared to yesteryear, which is definitely a good sign. However I feel we still far behind in implementing projects which are meaningful to girl child especially in the developing or the underdeveloped world.
So I was wondering what sort of projects can be implemented in developing world especially for girl child? Education is one area where there is lot of focus these days however honestly speaking even the education system is broken? Also there is emphasis on life skills, livelihood trainings, but what would be more meaningful for 10 or 12 years old girl?


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  • Oct 22 2012: As males and females grow up, they are exposed to and internalize societal messages about appropriate behaviors for men versus women. Often these gender norms encourage roles and behaviors that are inequitable and harmful, which can place men and their sexual partners at risk of various negative health outcomes, including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    As part of this socialization process, styles of interaction in intimate relationships are often “rehearsed” during adolescence, and continue into adult relationships. Young men mature in a male-dominated context, with little or no sex education. Under these circumstances, masculinity often becomes characterized by male sexual dominance, unequal gender attitudes and behaviours, harassment or teasing of young women by men.

    Negative consequences include gender-based violence, sexual abuse of women as expressions of masculinity. For example some young men may feel pressure to prove their sexual prowess by having unprotected sexual relationships, & feel hindered from seeking information about sexual and reproductive health and HIV issues, and face peer pressure to prove their dominance over girls. Young men have misperceptions about their own bodies, about HIV/STI transmission.

    Young men often view sexual initiation as a way to demonstrate that they are “real” men; that is, to affirm their identity as men. Boys often feel that they must repeatedly prove their manhood through sexual activity leading to risk of HIV and STI.

    So the dream project is to create a gender equitable society through dialogue with males as well as females on responsible behaviour, and mutual respect. We have made small beginning through C- Life training of RRC Youth on gender in Kangra (HP).

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