The South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) is a network of NGOs (national and regional), academics and activists who believe that the toxicity of masculinities needs to be challenged if we are to dream of a violence free world. Masculinities and violence, it has been suggested, are inextricably linked in creating and maintaining all forms of inequalities. SANAM provides a platform for South Asians to work together in developing a culture of resistance to gender based violence.
 
 
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SANAM News

SANAM sees the effectiveness of violence  prevention in a constant dialogue between theory, experience, intervention and change. It also sees the long term importance of developing several nodes of resistance and prevention, a rainbow coalition that can address the hydra headed monster of gender-based violence from different positions and routes.

SANAM is a rainbow coalition, a South Asian regional network

The first phase of SANAM was dedicated to developing a curriculum on understanding gender- based violence and its intersection with masculinities and rolling out an action oriented fellowship programme based on this curriculum.

The idea behind formulating this curriculum and its implementation was that effective primary prevention requires the generation and application of skills that facilitate

i) a critical understanding of methods, tools and theories that formulate violence prevention programmes,

ii) a knowledge base that sharpens the understanding that masculinities, gender and violence need to be located at the intersection of social, historical and economic processes

The SANAM focus was arrived at through a series of discussions that took into account the current range of interventions in the region, the tools that were employed within these interventions, available training programmes and theories of social change & transformation. The group decided that since this was a melting pot of groups and individuals who had been working in the field of violence prevention through various means for more than a decade, the pooling together of knowledge and experience could be a significant contribution in catalysing and developing violence prevention efforts in the region. SANAM thus, defined its role as a catalyst that would generate more effective and critical knowledge on prevention methods, skills and approaches and at the same time create an ever expanding pool of activists, researchers and academicians   who would develop interventions in different social settings and expand the body of knowledge around masculinities.

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