Regional findings

The quantitative regional study, ‘Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? Quantitative Findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific’ was launched on 10 September, 2013 by UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UN Volunteers, through the regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention, Partners for Prevention.  

From 2010 to 2013, over 10,000 men in six countries across Asia and the Pacific were interviewed using the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence household survey on men’s perpetration and experiences of violence. The countries included in the study were Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. The study was a collaborative effort involving partners from academia, research institutes, civil society, the United Nations family and governments around the globe.  

The regional analysis found that overall nearly half of those men interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 percent to 80 percent across the sites.  Nearly a quarter of men interviewed reported perpetrating rape against a woman or girl, ranging from 10 percent to 62 percent across the sites. 

The analysis explored the different factors associated with men’s perpetration of violence against women. Men who reported having perpetrated violence against a partner were significantly more likely to:

  • have gender-inequitable attitudes and try to control their partners.  
  • have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse as a child, or witnessed the abuse of their mother.  
  • have practices that reflect idealized notions of male sexual performance, such as having multiple sexual partners and engaging in transactional sex. 

The report further explores these factors, and many others, and makes important recommendations on how to use the data to more effectively prevent violence against women in Asia and the Pacific.

Download the regional report here.
Download the summary report here.
Download the presentation of findings here.

Download Annex I here.
Download Annex II here.
Download Annex III here.
Download Statistical Appendices here.

For more information contact:

Cherie Hart | UN Development Programme Regional Communications Advisor | cherie.hart@undp.org | +66 8 1 918 1564
Montira Narkvichien | UN Women Communications and Outreach Officer | montira.narkvichien@unwomen.org | +66 2 288 1579
Bill Ryan, UNFPA Regional Communications Advisor | ryanw@unfpa.org | +66 89 897 6984
Rebecca Ladbury | Ladbury PR (London) | rebecca@ladburypr.com | +44 (0) 7941 224975

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