Promundo is a Brazilian non-governmental organization seeking to promote gender equality and the prevention of violence with a focus on the involvement of men and women in the transformation and ressignificance of masculinities.
Promundo is not a subsidiary, part of consortium, or any other institutional affiliation arrangement outside of Brazil. Promundo´s headquarters are based in Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil, and all of our activities are developed independently and by our own local team in Brazil and internationally.
We believe that working with men and boys to transform unequal norms and power dynamics is a strategic factor in achieving gender equity. For women’s empowerment to continue to advance, men and boys need to become allies in the process, realizing that they also benefit when harmful gender norms are questioned. Our research, programs and actions to influence public policies (advocacy) show that promoting positive notions about what it means to be a man or woman provides improvements to their lives.
Our actions seek to generate transformations at different levels, such as interventions in groups with men and women, campaigns, educational methodologies and dialogue with institutions and governments to influence policies and expand programs that bring about social change.
Since its founding in Brazil in 1997, Promundo has expanded its operations to several countries in the world to contribute to the advancement of gender equality. In addition to conducting educational campaigns and groups, in post-conflict contexts we work with therapy groups that create safe spaces for men and women to recover from trauma. Currently, our methodologies have been adapted in more than 22 countries.
Major organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and national governments have already supported our cause, working as partners in our initiatives or adopting our programs and implementing them in countless communities around the world.
Promundo is financed by national and local governments, foundations, international organizations, large non-governmental organizations and through individual donations.
Promundo works to promote gender equality and build a world free of violence involving men and boys in partnership with women and girls.
We envision a world in which all people work to create a non-violent future, with care and gender equity for themselves, their daughters and their sons.