Program HMD: A Toolkit for Action Engaging Youth to Achieve Gender Equity
Programming to promote critical reflection and dialogue about gender equity among young women and men
Program H for young men – homens in Portuguese and hombres in Spanish
Program M for young women – mulheres in Portuguese and mujeres in Spanish
Program D for diversity – of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, etc. – as a cross-cutting theme.
Program H and Program M were born out of a belief that changing rigid, inequitable, homophobic and violent versions of what it means to be a man are key to achieving health, achieving women’s and girls’ empowerment and central to social justice efforts. When Promundo started the partnership in Brazil and Mexico more than ten years ago, there were relatively few processes or materials perspectives outside of North America and Europe that put masculinities, gender norms and power relations at the heart of the approach. Ten years and some ten impact evaluation studies and more than 20 adaptations later, Promundo is even more convinced that changing gender norms and the practices of individuals, and doing so in a collective, community-based approach can and does work.