Season 3 of the Inside the FP Story podcast explores how to approach gender integration in family planning programs. It covers the topics of reproductive empowerment, gender-based violence prevention and response, and male engagement. Here, we summarize key insights shared by the season’s guests.
Today, Knowledge SUCCESS is pleased to announce the first in a series that documents “What Works in Family Planning and Reproductive Health.” The new series will present, in depth, essential elements of impactful programs The series uses innovative design to address some of the barriers that traditionally discourage people from creating or using documents that share this level of detail.
Studies have shown that men are highly influential in couples’ decisions about family planning (FP) and that their engagement in FP and other health services can be beneficial to their partners, their children, and themselves. However, in many countries, deeply embedded ideas about appropriate gender roles, as well as myths and misconceptions about FP, create barriers to men’s support for and participation in FP services.
We explore a study from the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), and how its findings on gender bias can inform the design of family planning programs.