Multi-faceted interventions for social norms change work across different levels and relationships for broader change. CARE’s experience demonstrates that achieving real and lasting progress toward gender equality requires proactive work with men and boys across the lifecycle alongside work with women and girls. In review of programming portfolios, promising practices point to six key elements for engaging men and boys alongside women's and girl's empowerment work for gender transformative social change:

SYNCHRONIZATION: Integrated across each element, this involves coordinating engaging men and boys approaches with women’s and girls’ empowerment approaches – for separate and joint activities – to ensure work thoughtfully intersects with and complements one another to advance gender equality.
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CONSCIENTIZATION: Structured spaces for girls, boys, women and men to individually reflect on gender, power, privilege and social norms affecting their lives. Examples of this include:


INTIMATE DIALOGUES: Conversations with parents, intimate partners, and families to promote more open communication, equitable relationships, non-violence, support and trust;

BUILDING THE BASE: A mix of individual outreach and regular meetings to share testimonies and strengthen relationships among adolescent girls, boys and their allies to build and expand social support and solidarity;

STEPPING OUT, STEPPING UP: Capacity building and support for local change agents to facilitate discussions and campaign around gender and transform social norms; and

ALLIANCES FOR ADVOCACY: This element focuses on linking with advocacy efforts led by women and girls' movements for social and policy change at local, regional and national levels