Masculinities and violence against women among young people- Identifying discourses and developing strategies for change using a mixed method approach

Topic: Gender-Based Violence

The aims of this project are four-fold: 1) to explore and position the discourses that young people (men and women, 18-24 years) in Sweden, Spain, Ireland and Israel use in their understanding of masculinities, 2) to explore how these discourses influence young people’s attitudes, behaviors and responses to violence against women (VAW), (3) to explore individual and societal factors supporting and promoting anti-VAW masculinities discourses and 4) to develop strategies and resources to support and promote anti-VAW masculinities in these settings.

We will achieve aims by conducting innovative, participatory research using a multi-country, mixed-methods approach. In the first phase, data will be gathered using semi-structured interviews and focus groups discussions. In this phase, we aim to identify the discourses that young people use to conceptualize masculinities and VAW. Phase two will consist of a concept mapping study that will quantify the coherence, priorities and perceived relationship between the strategies for supporting and promoting anti-VAW masculinities identified in phase one. Phase 3 involves the dissemination of our results and the development of resources to promote and protect anti-VAW masculinities.

Building on an inter-disciplinary team and engaging participants in implementation of the study (through interactive workshops and advisory groups), we will provide an evidence-base for the design and implementation of gender-sensitive policies aimed at promoting anti-VAW masculinities and challenging and reducing VAW and patriarchy.

Project’s ID

Project coordinator: Dr. Mariano Salazar Torres MD Ms.C Ph.D. Global Health (IHCAR), Department of Public Health Science, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


Ireland, Israel, Spain, Sweden.

Institutions involved

Karolinska Institutet, Ben-Gurion University, University of Alicante and University College Cork.

Website: https://positivmasc.ki.se/


Dr. Mariano Salazar Torres MD Ms.C Ph.D. ; mariano.salazar@ki.se