As many as 150 male volunteers aged 14-17 will be engaged in raising awareness about the declining sex ratio in the state from May 9 to 12 under the aegis of the Equal Community Foundation.
Besides giving practical information to women on the implications of the declining sex ratio and raising awareness amongst their male peers,the campaign involving volunteers from 20 slums in Pune and Mumbai will also seek to address issues of mothers and at times handle abusive and alcoholic fathers.
The 2011 census data demonstrate that the proportion of girls aged below 6 is in rapid decline in the state 883 girls aged 0-6 years for every 1,000 boys,down from 946 in 1991.
This points to a continued preference for male children and an increase in violence against women,including sex selective foeticide and infanticide.
Rujuta Teredesai of the Equal Community Foundation said the activities had been designed to empower women to tackle the issue with the support of other men in the community.
The volunteers from ECF programme Action for Equality will stage street plays,lectures and community media during a 90-minute structured Action Event.
The process of engaging men is an essential element of any programme to end violence against women as husbands are key decision makers alongside mother-in-laws in the family planning process,and their positive engagement is essential in tackling the declining sex ratio.
The events will be attended by representatives from ECF¿s partners,local community-based organisations (CBO),Suzlon Foundation,Swadhar,Deep Griha Society and Akanksha.