Symbols of Masculinity – A Photo Essay

By Abhishek Srivastava

What does it mean to be masculine? The Women and Girls Lead Global project in India aims to challenge harmful gender stereotypes that may contribute to gender-based violence, and to cultivate a group of young role models who are inspired to take action to promote positive notions of masculinity. As I’ve begun talking with young people around the country, I realize that many of them have not thought much about what masculinity looks like, or how gender stereotypes can contribute to violence and injustice. The photos here represent a journey through urban cities and rural villages in an attempt to ‘reveal’ the Indian masculinity, as lived by the people of the country.