Who we are - our approach In India, there are approximately 230 million boys under the age of 18. We estimate that as adults:

  • 57% justify violence against women
  • 50% will or are likely to use physical violence
  • 25% will or are likely to be involved in rape

Such gender-based violence also sits at the root of key social issues including education, sanitation, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage and trafficking. But, this violence is only the tip of the iceberg; many more men will perpetrate more subtle forms of violence, including financial, emotional and verbal violence. This violence is an emerging epidemic that must be prevented. Yet, fewer than 5% of organisations who care about gender equality run programmes that seek outcomes in boys’ knowledge, skills attitudes and behaviours consistent with gender equality. As long as this gap in practice continues, millions of boys will grow up to perpetrate gender-based violence and women and girls, and other genders too, will not realise their rights in health, education and work. We also recognise that gender equality has positive outcomes for boys and men, and in our approach, we consider boys as allies. Equal Community Foundation, therefore, believes that every boy in India should be raised to be gender equitable. This is an outcome that we describe as Gender Equitable Boys. ECF will deliver on its mission by delivering four strategic goals: GOAL 1: Build programmes that raise Gender Equitable Boys GOAL 2: Build the ecosystem’s capacity to raise Gender Equitable Boys GOAL 3: Build evidence that the approach works and how to improve it GOAL 4: Build a transparent and efficient organisation Our organisational strategy for 2017 to 2022 is available on this link.