Dear Family Planning Champion,
Research on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 has largely focused on the negative roles and vulnerabilities of men. But what about opportunities for positive change? How can health programs engage men and boys to address gender-related challenges in the context of the pandemic? Our pick this week is a virtual event hosted by gender experts that brought together participants working in global health to share experiences and learnings.
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On September 22, 2020, the Interagency Gender Working Group’s Male Engagement Taskforce hosted an online forum that highlighted strategies to shift harmful masculinities to mitigate the pandemic’s effects within relationships, households, and communities.
The task force presented its framework for engaging men and boys to address gendered impacts of COVID-19, while program implementers shared results from their work in Zambia, Guatemala, and Uganda.
This post provides a brief event recap as well as links to video recordings of each presentation, Q&A sessions, break-out discussions, and presentation slides.