“Unless men are actively engaged in supporting better health and well-being for families and the empowerment of women, progress will remain slow; women will remain vulnerable to reproductive health threats, including gender-based violence”
Historically and culturally men have been excluded from maternal health and childcare discourses. However, there is compounding evidence that male engagement yields positive outcomes in early initiation of antenatal care, minimizes the risk of postpartum depression, and ultimately can improve their own physical and mental health.
Male engagement in health programming is an established method for involving partners and fathers in sexual and reproductive health. This involves challenging notions of masculinity and traditional perceptions of manhood and requires men to question power dynamics in their actions or their words at the personal, interpersonal and societal levels and to take responsibility for change.
ENABLE – MALE CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE
The Enable – Male Champions for Change Programme aims to engage, inform, equip, empower men and transform them to actively protect, promote and support the health and well-being of themselves, their partners
and their children.
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