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MEASURE Evaluation at the MenEngage Global Symposium

by on November 17, 2014
Speakers at the MenEngage Symposium. Photo by Radhika Dayal, PHFI.

Speakers at the MenEngage Symposium. Photo courtesy of PHFI.

Guest post by Arundati Muralidharan, Senior Research Fellow at PHFI, and Jessica Fehringer, Gender Portfolio Manager for MEASURE Evaluation

On November 10 in New Delhi, India, MEASURE Evaluation’s local partners on the Gender, Policy and Measurement Program (GPM) – Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) – hosted a satellite session entitled: Engaging Men and Boys for Better Health: Evidence from a Systematic Review of gender-integrated health programs from South Asia, with a special focus on India. The objective of the session was to present evidence from India and other low- and middle-income countries on gender-integrated strategies to engage men and boys to improve a range of health outcomes, including reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health, HIV and AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence, tuberculosis, and universal health coverage.

Dr. Arundati Muralidhiran of PHFI presented findings from the recently published GPM systematic review, “Transforming Gender Norms, Roles and Power Dynamics for Better Health”, specific to engaging men and boys. She focused on the following: the extent of gender integration in health programs engaging men and boys, the roles of men and boys in these interventions, the key gender-aware strategies used, and the health and gender outcomes achieved by these interventions. She ended the presentation by highlighting gaps in the intervention literature and proposing recommendations for how policies and programs in India may consider engaging men and boys in a more systematic manner. The GPM Engaging Men and Boys brief was also shared.

Other panelists included Joseph Vess of Promundo, who spoke about the IMAGES study, Madhumita Das of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), who presented ICRW research on both documented and undocumented Indian programs that engaged men and boys, and Sujata Khandekar of the Committee of Resource Organisations, who shared her extensive experience with the Gender Equitable Movement in Schools Intervention in Maharashtra. The panel discussion was chaired by Will Muir of the Equal Community Foundation.

The crosscutting themes that emerged from all four presentations included the use of critical reflection as a powerful strategy to engage men and boys, programmatic evidence to engage men, issues related to sustainable and scaled-up programs, and institutionalizing programs  in government systems.

From → Gender, Global Health

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