'MenEngage Delhi’ a network started spreading its roots during the mobilization procedure of the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 with the idea of engaging men and boys for gender justice. It’s an initiative to engage men and boys of the city especially the youth for gender justice. MenEngage Delhi with the patronage of Centre for Health and Social Justice and other partner organisations has reached out to several communities, colleges, Universities, individuals and RWAs. It has reached out to Delhi’s youth with only one objective and that is to change the mindset of individuals about gender, masculinity and heteronormative lenses of sexualities that are prevailing in our society. With this new wave of engaging men and boys for gender justice through debunking aggressive masculinity, it’s time we strongly establish and expand this network that can reach out to the young boys and men within the urban settings. MenEngage Delhi will be a network of organisations, individuals, educational institutes, resident welfare associations and other entities that are either eager to learn about gender sensitization or are already working in this field. MenEngage Delhi will seek to consolidate the awareness work done in the months leading up to the Global Symposium.
Two years after the horrendous incident of 16th December 2012 which garnered humongous amount of agitated responses by Delhi’s youth, the city and the country is still entrenched with daily gruesome incidents of gender based violence. December 16th 2012 was one event which ignited the protest and people’s interest in developing their knowledge about the issue of gender based violence and also to take initiatives at their own levels. What is more important to note down is that December 16th is not a single isolated example of such incidents activities, it’s the patriarchal beliefs that are ingrained in our social discourse which results in general destructive attitudes. Every level of social interaction is enshrouded in the dominant ideas of patriarchy where men are seen as superior and as the providers, supporters or the protectors for or of their counterparts. Such socialization process has crippled the society to the extent where the idea of a woman stepping out of her house at night or to become self reliable sounds alien. Such regressive mindsets compel individuals to dish out indignities towards other gender on a daily basis.
Elevated activities of women groups and other human rights groups after 16th December 2012 can be seen and appreciated; it’s clear for everyone that the city has become a melting pot of diverse forms of protest and everyday resistance that are groomed around gender based violence. Recently organised 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium, and networks like ‘MASVAW’, ‘Forum to Engage Men’ and several other initiatives all across the world are proof that a different and complimentary approach to bring about change in the prevailing unjust society has been identified. An approach to engage men and boys for bringing a wholesome change in the discourse of masculinity to alter the present destructive gender biased norms is required to compliment women’s rights’ movement