Violence against women and girls continues to make the headlines. India remains a patriarchal society where gender-based violence is widespread. Uttar Pradesh, which is also the most densely populated province, ranks among the top three states in that regard.
FXB India runs gender equality programmes in Uttar Pradesh, which aim to promote behaviour change and deconstruct common gender-based preconceptions and stereotypes.
The goal is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of teachers and school management committees in order to create more gender-balanced environments within schools. The next step is to change the attitudes of young boys by strengthening their psychosocial and interpersonal skills in order to empower them to become agents of change and have a positive impact not only in schools but also within their families and communities
FXB India also creates spaces for raising awareness and dialogue within communities to bring together everyone, men and women, and spearhead a change in local mentalities, mindsets, and behaviours and put an end to gender-based violence. In this regard, the project has been running a centre creating a space for children epecially boys to learn and mould themselves to be change agents in the society.