The Making of REAL Men: Involving Men in Violence Prevention

Dec 8, 2015 |

The Responsible, Engaged, and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative is a mentoring program designed to build positive parenting practices and relationship skills among young fathers (16-25 years) in post-conflict northern Uganda. REAL consists of a mentoring program and community awareness campaign to reach young men before their expectations, attitudes, and behaviors related to parenting and relationships are well established. In order to address underlying causes of domestic violence, the intervention is designed to challenge gender norms that often trigger violence in relationships and to teach effective parenting, communication, and problem-solving skills. This presentation will highlight key short and longer term effects of REAL and discuss next steps for testing expansion in northern Uganda and Karamoja. REAL is implemented by Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, in partnership with Save the Children and funded by the Office of Population and Reproductive Health's Research, Technology and Utilization division.

Kim Ashburn has over 10 years’ experience in health intervention research focusing on social and structural factors that influence behaviors. She has designed and implemented community and facility-based intervention studies, formative research, qualitative studies, program evaluation, and policy analysis. Her expertise includes gender, HIV, social-structural interventions, and program evaluation.


This meeting will be held in the 9th Floor Training Room at the USAID Global Health offices in Crystal City (CP3), located at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. 

Call in Information

Domestic: (800) 516-9896
International: (816) 650-0725
Participant code: 828.798.2391


In-person and remote attendees, please submit your RSVP to Melanie Sie at by COB Monday, 12/7/2015. Those who RSVP will receive a copy of the slide deck and directions to the GH offices.  

The OVC Task Force Co-Chairs

Shelby Benson
Caroline Bishop
Diana Chamrad
Marie Eve Hammin
Sarah Dastur
Tanya Medrano
Pamela Young