Masculinities and violence against women among young people: identifying discourses and developing strategies for change


Project Aims

In spite of public policies and legislative changes aiming at curtailing violence against women (VAW) around the world, women continue to be exposed to violence throughout their life course. VAW does not occur in isolation as it is strongly influenced by the gender order and the way masculinities are enacted. Therefore understanding masculinities, and promoting anti-VAW masculinities, is crucial if violence against women is to be reduced in Europe and internationally.

This research project sets out to:

  •  explore and position the discourses that young people (men and women, 18-24 years) use in their understanding of masculinities
  • explore how these discourses influence young people’s attitudes, behaviours and responses to violence against women (VAW)
  • explore individual and societal factors supporting and promoting anti-VAW masculinities discourses
  • develop strategies and resources to support and promote anti-VAW masculinities.

The project will be based on 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 order to identify the discourses that young people use to conceptualize masculinities and VAW. Phase two will consist of a concept mapping study that will examine the patterns of priorities and perceived relationship between the different strategies/actions for supporting and promoting anti-VAW masculinities, identified in phase 1.


Project Outputs

Salazar M, Daoud N, Edwards C., Scanlon & Vives-Cases, C. (in press) ‘PositivMasc: masculinities and violence against women among young people. Identifying discourses and developing strategies for change, a mixed-method study protocol’ BMJ Open 



H2020: GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund


Project Duration

March 2019 – February 2022


Project Team (UCC)

Dr. Claire Edwards (PI) (ISS21 and Applied Social Studies) Claire.Edwards@ucc.ie

Dr. Maire Leane (Applied Social Studies) M.Leane@ucc.ie

Dr. Fiachra Ó'Súilleabháin (Applied Social Studies) fiachra.osuilleabhain@ucc.ie 

Professor Caroline Fennell (School of Law) c.fennell@ucc.ie



Dr. Virgilio Mariano Salazar (Project Co-ordinator) Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Dr. Nihaya Daoud (PI) Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Dr. Carmen Vives-Cases (PI) University of Alicante, Spain

Dr Claire Edwards (PI) University College Cork, Ireland


Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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