Written by: Danette Wilkins, Program Officer, Breakthrough ACTION
Gender inequitable norms affect everyone–men and boys, women and girls, and people with other gender identities. Growing evidence shows that meaningful engagement of men and boys in health promotion and gender equality can result in positive changes in attitudes and behaviors that not only support them in improving their own health outcomes, but also benefit the health and well-being of others.1,2,3 If engaging men and boys stands to benefit most people, it begs the question: How do we involve them in promoting health, fostering gender equity, and achieving gender equality?
The DO’s and DON’Ts for Engaging Men & Boys, developed by the USAID Interagency Gender Working Group’s Male Engagement Task Force, is a two-page guide that brings together recent best practices and lessons learned on how to meaningfully engage men and boys as consumers of health services, supportive partners, and agents of change. The guide is meant to inform decision-making about programming, policy, media coverage, research, and funding priorities. The intended audiences for this resource include donors, implementing partners, and researchers.
To reach a wider audience with the practical information in this cross-cutting guide, Breakthrough ACTION recently translated it into French, Portuguese, and Spanish. We encourage you to share this resource with colleagues and partners working to increase or improve efforts to engage men and boys around the globe.
To access the original English guide and its translations, visit the Resources page on the Interagency Gender Working Group website.