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OPCU Director Marie Ba (@MissBa) will appear Friday, May 14th at 2:45 pm GMT, on @_51percent on @France24_en to discuss topics related the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in West Africa and beyond. Don't miss it.

The @Rutgers_INTL Gender-Transformative Approaches (GTA) Toolkit provides guidance for integrating GTA into communities, comprehensive sexuality education, youth friendly services, advocacy, and institutions, says @jeroenlorist (@RutgersNL).

View it here: http://bit.ly/Rutgers-GTA

"Rutgers knows it's crucial to engage men for gender justice, but also that only using this approach is binary & heteronormative. Therefore, we also focus on sexual & gender diversity to ensure the rights of marginalized groups are respected & fulfilled."

-@reyDP from @RutgersID

➡️@renugolwalkar says to effectively engage men & boys, we must frame gender inequality as a societal problem.

"There is not a problem with men & boys that we are trying to fix. The problem is the prevalence of harmful gender norms and power dynamics at every level of society."

Nick Danforth, a lifelong #SRHR advocate who managed the institute that won Roe v. Wade, outlines two priorities for gender-transformative SRHR programs:

1️⃣ Build local management
2️⃣ Demonstrate engaging men is cost-effective through increased data collection

#UbuntuSymposium

Renu Golwalkar, our Director of Gender, Youth & Social Inclusion, says gender-transformative change cannot be measured through contraception uptake or healthcare usage.

"The process is as important as the end goal. We must challenge existing gender stereotypes & power dynamics."

Why is engaging men important for achieving #GenderEquality?

Participants at our @MenEngage #UbuntuSymposium session say that change is more sustainable when all people are engaged, and that everyone has a stake in achieving gender equality because everyone benefits!👏👏

🚨30 MINUTES🚨

It’s not too late to register for our @MenEngage #UbuntuSymposium session with @Rutgers_INTL!

Join us for “The Past, Present, and Future of Engaging Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” at 9am ET (3pm CET/CAT) ➡️ http://bit.ly/EH-Rutgers-Session

Don't forget to register for "Amplify Her Voice!" - EngenderHealth's virtual fundraiser for sexual and reproductive health and rights ➡️ http://bit.ly/AmplifyHerVoice

#Nurses are a fundamental part of providing safe, accessible, and affordable health care around the world. MOMENTUM helps to build the capacity of #HealthWorkers—including nurses—to transform the future of health care for #MomAndBaby. #IND2021 #VoiceToLead

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Men As Partners

The vast majority of global reproductive health programming in developing countries involves educating women about issues such as maternal health care and family planning. But in many of these countries, men are the ones who wield decision-making power in the partnership when it comes to sexual relations or reproductive health—including when to have children, whether to seek health care, or whether to use protection during sex. EngenderHealth recognizes the importance of partnerships between women and men, as well as the need to reach out to men to help them share the responsibility for maintaining strong reproductive health.

EngenderHealth established its Men As Partners (MAP) program in 1996. Through its groundbreaking work, this program works with men to play constructive roles in promoting gender equity and health in their families and communities.

How MAP Works
The MAP program uses many approaches to address gender inequalities, including:

  • Holding interactive, skills-building workshops that confront harmful stereotypes of what it means to be a man
  • Enhancing health care facilities’ capacity to provide men with quality care by training health care professionals to offer male-friendly services
  • Leading local and national public education campaigns, using murals, street theater, rallies, and media, which explore the theme of partnership
  • Building national and international advocacy networks to create a global movement

EngenderHealth has pioneered efforts to engage men and boys to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health. Beginning in South Africa, our award-winning Men As Partners (MAP) approach has spanned more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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