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Guide for Constructive Men’s Engagement in RH

Addressing gender norms and gender inequalities is vital to improving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS in the lives of women, men, and children. Constructive men's engagement (CME) is an approach to improving health outcomes, reducing gender-based violence, and achieving gender equality by involving men as clients of health services, supportive partners, and agents for social change. Until the 1990s, development initiatives rarely considered engaging men and boys to be a priority strategy for improving health and gender outcomes. Substantial research around men and masculinities has demonstrated that constructively engaging men in HIV prevention and reproductive health (RH) programs can improve health outcomes and promote gender equality (Bannon and Correia, 2006; WHO, 2007).

The USAID | Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, in collaboration with civil society organizations and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Ethiopia, implemented a model process to facilitate a more enabling policy and institutional environment for constructive men's engagement in SRH and HIV prevention, treatment, and care. The purpose of this report is to describe the project's work to facilitate policy dialogue among Ethiopian stakeholders to enable them to set priorities for work with men and boys in SRH, HIV, and gender issues.