Since 2011, OCTEVAW’s MANifest Change program has delivered over 150 workshops and presentations to 3000 youth, including 2000 young men. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation results demonstrate that participation in MANifest Change increases young men's leadership aptitudes and supports behaviours that prevent gender-based violence. Learn more about the evidence base for MANifest Change in the Program Evaluation Summary.
“I learned to speak out, stand up and don’t be afraid to engage in a situation that has violence against women, and stop it.”
- MANifest Change Youth Participant
Everyone, including women and girls, is safer when young men take up their role and responsibility to end GBV.
Frontline youth workers are better equipped to model positive masculinity and challenge unhealthy expressions of masculinity in the youth they support. Youth workers increase their ability to make appropriate referrals by connecting with local organizations with expertise in GBV.
Young men begin to let go of unhealthy aspects of “acting like a man” and embrace positive aspects of masculinity. They are invited to self-reflect and practice skills of emotional intelligence. Their own experiences of marginalization and/or abuse are acknowledged. They learn to recognize common situations of GBV that they previously thought of as “normal”. They explore their motivations to help others while male mentors coach them in the skills of preventing and de-escalating the most prevalent forms of GBV. They enjoy the personal and social growth that comes from self-acceptance and actively contributing to the well-being of the wider community.