To kick off the 16 Days of Violence against Gender-Based Violence, UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office has engaged in a partnership with the Germany-based sports marketing agency Result Sports to involve public figures of the Turkish as well as international sport and cultural life scene. 

As part of the campaign, several Turkish and international sport and culture life personalities are posting statements against gender-based violence in support of the 16 Days of Activism. 

We are proud to see that the first batch of public figures sharing these messages is composed entirely by men, which has the potential to convey the message of standing against gender-based violence with an even stronger and bolder character. 

Social norms about what it means 'to be a man' and rigid masculinity constructs lead to the normalization of gender-based violence, which renders the phenomenon even more serious and action to be taken even more urgently. Intervention to promote gender equality by engaging men and boys in becoming aware of and thus breaking these norms appear to be promising. 

The personalities on the quote cards include Jan Olde Riekerink, a renowned international football coach from the Netherlands; Çağlar Söyüncü, a Turkish football player currently playing with the German Bundesliga club Freiburg; Sedat Mert, a Turkish actor; Birol Namoğlu, a Turkish singer. 

UNFPA Country Office in Kyrgyzstan together with the State Centre for Health Promotion and the Centre for Research of the Democratic Processes published a magazine "Oi-Jigit" dedicated to teenagers in Kyrgyzstan. 

The magazine is one component of the Positive Masculinity project and draws from experiences of work with teenage students of different ages. It addresses gender stereotypes and delves into teenagers' understanding of masculinity, by highlighting the importance of building positive and non-violent relations with peers of opposite sex, and tackling as well the consequences of early intimate relations. The magazine leads youth to reflect on causes of low self-confidence during adolescence, inviting to take an outside perspective when looking at oneself, hence helping them identifying each individual's strengths and unique features. "Oi-Jigit" contents also trigger reflection on various events, people, relationships, social activities, yet contributing to making and independent, voluntary and informed choice concerning particular behavioral models. 

Check the magazine in Russian here.