Getting to Equal: Men, Gender Equality, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


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Getting to Equal

Through a review and analysis of the latest global evidence, the Getting to Equal report offers up a new way to think about men and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) from two angles: First, it reinforces what we know already – that men’s partnership and active participation are crucial to achieving SRHR for everyone; and secondly it makes the case that SRHR is central to men’s own lives. Discussing men’s bodies, relationships, reproduction, and lives, the report reveals that reimagining men’s important roles in SRHR could contribute to the broader achievement of SRHR and other related health and development outcomes for individuals of all gender identities.

What would people’s sexual and reproductive lives look like if people in all their gender and other diversities equally enjoyed knowledge, skills, self-esteem, and access to services; conducted their relationships with respect for their partners and their rights; avoided or embraced parenthood with intention and planning; and made decisions that took into account the impact of their choices
throughout their lives and the lives of their partners and children? What would it look like if national laws everywhere prohibited discrimination, proactively advanced human rights, and ensured that everyone enjoyed their full right to health, as enshrined in international laws and global and regional declarations?

This report attempts to shift global discourse on men and SRHR among practitioners, funders, academics, and policymakers toward a more holistic, gendered, and relational understanding of SRHR and how to achieve global goals of health and gender equality. Building on men’s important roles in SRHR could contribute to the broader achievement of these rights and the health and development outcomes related to them. Men’s SRHR is important for men,certainly, and the benefits to their partners and children are enormous.

The arguments and focus of this Getting to Equal report are global, even though data in specific areas emerge from low- and middle-income countries in some instances and industrialized countries in others. The report attempts to fill some of the gaps in knowledge and understanding of men and their roles in SRHR. It interprets the findings in light of gender inequality and restrictive gender norms, and it makes recommendations for how the SRHR field could contribute more fully to achieving gender equality. The report showcases cutting-edge evidence and new analyses of relevant data to address the following research questions:

  1. What are global trends and patterns related to men and SRHR, and where are there gaps in knowledge on men’s and boys’ SRHR attitudes and behaviors?
  2. How are attitudes and norms related to gender, femininity, and masculinity associated with people’s SRH behavior, communication with sexual partners, and decision-making?
  3. What are the barriers and challenges to advancing work on men and SRHR at the individual, community, national, and regional levels?
  4. What are the global obligations for United Nations member states to take action to engage men in SRHR, including to advance gender equality, and what progress has been achieved in this regard?

One basic premise of this comprehensive report – that men matter to sexual and reproductive health and rights – is not new.

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