Track : HEALTH AND WELLBEING
including sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, MNCH, non communicable disease, mental health, health systems, health equity and health seeking behaviours of men.
The need to engage with men and boys for addressing issues related to women and girl’s reproductive health and rights was articulated at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cario in 1994. Subsequently working with men became a key strategy within HIV and AIDS intervention programmes. The gendered vulnerability of women has been the subject of concern for some time now, but it is also becoming clear that beyond biology, men’s attitudes and actions influence both their own health and that of women. Masculinities are now also implicated for a range of health related conditions like accidents, chronic diseases, alcohol/drug abuse, and mental health issues. Men and women also face the health consequences of witnessing and participating in violence, the range and complexity of which is still not fully understood. Patterns of employment and unemployment are changing leading to new occupational and gendered vulnerabilities in health. Health systems, even in economically developed countries are not yet fully geared to address the health issues of men. This theme will explore research and action into understanding and addressing men in different health related domains, including women and men's wellbeing.
Young people’s concerns, sexualities, influence of media, tradition and culture may be explored within all the tracks.
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Engaging men and boys in gender equality and health equity—a toolkit