Adapting a Global Gender-Transformative Violence Prevention Program for the U.S. Community-Based Setting for Work with Young Men

  • Jane Kato-WallaceEmail author
  • Gary Barker
  • Aapta Garg
  • Nayck Feliz
  • Andrew Levack
  • Kathryn Ports
  • Elizabeth Miller


Extensive practice-based evidence from international settings, as well as in-depth evaluations of programs promoting gender equity, have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing perpetration of violence against women and girls. Such “gender-transformative programs” encourage critical analysis of gender norms, challenge homophobia and gender-based harassment, build skills to question harmful masculine norms, interrupt harmful and disrespectful behaviors, and encourage more equitable behaviors. Here we describe the history of a gender-transformative program, “Program H,” first developed in Brazil and Mexico, the rationale for and evaluation of this original program, and the processes of adaptation for the US urban community-based setting, and highlight the risks as well as opportunities on the work with young men and boys in the future.


Violence prevention Young men Masculinities Gender 



This study received financial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U01CE002528 (Clinical Trials #: NCT02427061).

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The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

The CDC-funded study to evaluate “Manhood 2.0” was approved by the Human Subjects Research Protection Office of the University of Pittsburgh.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Kato-Wallace
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gary Barker
    • 1
  • Aapta Garg
    • 1
  • Nayck Feliz
    • 2
  • Andrew Levack
    • 1
  • Kathryn Ports
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Promundo-USWashington D.C.USA
  2. 2.Division of Adolescent and Young Adult MedicineUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Centers for Disease ControlAtlantaUSA

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