Resources on Engaging men & boys

This guide is meant to provide guidance for those developing or managing a project or programme to engage men in sexual and reproductive health and rights. It emphasizes the importance of using a gender lens when planning and programming men’s engagement in sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning – which means engaging men as clients of sexual and reproductive health services, as supportive partners, and as agents of change.

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A discussion paper on engaging men in gender equality from Beijing 1995 to 2015

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In recent years, many UNFPA-supported projects have emphasized men’s role in various aspects of reproductive health. The projects target many different groups of men – from soldiers to religious leaders -- to achieve different goals, from preventing and treating sexually transmitted diseases to making reproductive health services available to youth.

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Supporting their pregnant wives, taking care of their babies, educating their daughters and simply sharing the parenting: Men's involvement an participation can make all the difference in women's lives.

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The nine case studies presented in this brochure are drawn from a longer UNFPA report entitled, "Culture Matters: Working with Communities and Faith-based Organizations". It highlights the necessity of mainstreaming cultural analysis and sensitivity in development efforts addressing issues such as gender equality and equity, HIV/AIDS, female genital cutting, gender-based violence and reproductive health.

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This report aims to support the work of UNFPA and partners by presenting a background and rationale for engaging men and boys.

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This MenEngage-UNFPA advocacy brief explores the importance of changing social norms related to men’s ideas and behaviors and examines several questions.

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