Institutional and organizational cultures and responses can be influential in reinforcing and even shaping social norms. Because institutions, both public and private, have a powerful role in influencing the behaviours of individuals and groups, they can play a critical role in promoting gender-equitable values and practices, stopping discrimination and violence against girls and women and preventing abuse more directly.
All organizations and institutions are important as they are vital parts of the fabric of our lives. Certain institutions, however, are of particular interest. For example, media in all of its forms, is important for the large socializing affect it has on populations as a whole. The military and police because of the critical role they play in society, including responding to and preventing violence and discrimination as well as sporting organizations and other male-dominated institutions, as they may perpetuate expressions of negative masculinities, discrimination against girls and women and tolerance of abuse.
Within government, there is a special window of opportunity for addressing these issues when institutions are being established, revitalized or reformed, especially in a post-conflict period.
Institutional change may involve:
Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Institutional Settings(Institute of Development Studies, 2013). Available in English.
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