Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing issues linked to masculinity, including drug abuse, mental health, self-harm. (Excludes sexual health)
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'Beyond the prostate: Brazil's national healthcare policy for men (PNAISH)', EMERGE Story of Change 1

This Story of Change pulls out the key findings and messages from EMERGE case study 1, which focuses on Brazil's national healthcare policy for men (PNAISH). The policy seeks to involve men more in health decisions - both relating to their families' and their own health and wellbeing, leading to transformations in health outcomes as well as gender roles and relations. 

''One hand can't clap by itself': Engagement of boys and men in KMG's intervention to eliminate FGM-C in Kembatta zone, Ethiopia', EMERGE Story of Change 3

This story of change pulls out the key findings and messages from EMERGE case study 3, which focuses on the work of Kembatti Mentti Gezzimma (KMG) in Kembatta Zone, Ethiopia. KMG works with men, boys, women and girls as part of its efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation-cutting. 

Health and Wellbeing

  1. Evidence on men's behaviors, attitudes and social relations influencing health seeking, prevention and care behaviors, including on their attitudes and roles in relation to efforts for women's health, well being, empowerment and gender equality
  2. Understanding the social, economic, inter-generational and political factors that drive or influence men's health and its' relational impact on women, over recent decades
  3. Identification of best practices including policies and programs to address individual, relational and structural factors that implicate different groups of men's poor health and undermine gender equality

How might we understand men's health better? Integrating explanations from critical studies on men and inequalities in health

Much research on men's health arises from the study of men and masculinities, as well as the study of gender inequalities in health. However, the author of this paper argues that these literatures have generally remained distinct. The author seeks to develop a framework for understanding men's health from both of these literatures. In order to achieve the integration of both disciplines, the author argues that men's health should be based on 'critical studies on men’, based on feminist theory.

Policy approaches to involving men and boys in achieving gender equality and health equity

How can policies be developed and implemented to achieve gender equality, reduce health inequities and improve both men and women’s health? This policy brief highlights the rationale for policy approaches to promote men’s health, as well as successful policy initiatives that have promoted gender equality and made a positive difference for men’s health.

Unequal, unfair, ineffective and inefficient. Gender inequity in health: why it exists and how we can change it

This report stresses the importance of working with men and boys to transform masculine norms and high-risk behaviours, to meet men’s differential health needs, and to address social inequalities and biases that influence men and women’s health risks and outcomes. The authors assert how gender inequality damages not only the health of women and girls, but also has emotional, psychological and physical consequences for men’s health, often manifested in risky and unhealthy behaviours, and reduced longevity.


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