GENDES is a civil society organization that works from the perspective of gender and masculinities to drive processes of reflection, intervention, research, and advocacy in order to promote and strengthen – in partnership with other actors – equitable and egalitarian relationships that may contribute to social development. Chartered in 2008, but operating since 2003, GENDES was founded by a multidisciplinary group of professionals in the social sciences who are committed to analysis of masculine identities and the eradication of violence against women.

GENDES offers various care strategies in order to develop other ways of being men and women, alternatives to the hegemonic model that are based on approaches promoting nonviolence, affection, fairness, and gender equality at the community, institutional, group, and individual levels. GENDES complements its actions with research investigations, mass communication, and public policy advocacy.