Young Men and Boys

Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies (RNP) looks to support ideas, individuals, and institutions doing ground-breaking work that enables a strong samaaj with ethical leadership, a sense of urgency, and the courage to learn. RNP seeks to strengthen communities that work for their own betterment. It does this by supporting work anchored in networks and movements, often sitting at the intersection of samaaj, sarkaar, and bazaar. It makes grants in four areas: climate and environment, gender equality, mental health, active citizenship and access to justice.


This special 9-part series has been supported by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. This series is part of a six month long campaign that highlights the need to include men and boys as participants in programmes focused on gender empowerment.
two girls playing football at oscar foundation-gender roles

November 25, 2022
Breaking gender stereotypes, one goal at a time
A day in the life of a 19-year-old football coach from Mumbai, who is using the sport to spark a conversation about gender norms in her community and encouraging young girls to play.
An iPad displaying the Twitter login screen-nonprofit humour

November 21, 2022
Imagining tomorrow
A glimpse at the social sector in 2047 through Twitter.
two young men walking hand in hand-gender discrimination

November 18, 2022
Why gender equity requires working with men in power
Programmes that address gender-based discrimination and violence must move beyond working with disadvantaged men and look to target those in power.
Picture of a pair of spectacles and a pen on top of a newspaper with a half-filled crossword

September 19, 2022
Crossword: Do you know your gender and masculinity terminology?
If you spend time on the internet, you’ve come across these words. But can you guess them based on our clues?
Two men sitting outside a shop in the street-young men and boys

September 14, 2022
What’s it like being a young man in urban India today?
Unpacking the findings of a study on the anxieties and challenges experienced by young men and boys in urban India.
Young girls walking in the street holding posters protesting gender inequality

July 27, 2022
Gender sensitisation must start young
To shift gender norms, gender awareness interventions must work with young adolescent boys and girls.
group of young boys-violence against women

May 5, 2022
Working with men and boys: What you need to know
This two-year study of gender programmes working with men and boys to end violence against women shares important observations for practitioners and funders.
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