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Building Bridges: Promising Strategies for Improving the Health of Boys and Men by Promoting Social Connection and Social Support

June 11 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am


June 11
8:00 am - 9:30 am

Join the Interagency Gender Working Group Male Engagement Task Force (METF) on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 8 AM EST | 1 PM WAT | 3 PM EAT | 5:30 PM IST for a webinar disseminating our newest knowledge product, Building Bridges: Promising Strategies to Improve the Health of Boys and Men by Promoting Social Connection and Social Support. This document describes the literature related to fostering empathy and communication among boys and men and the benefits of establishing places for them to convene in positive ways. The brief recommends promising strategies that promote social connection and health outcomes among boys and men. It also suggests the need to address evidence gaps in linkages between social connection and gender equality outcomes.

This 90-minute METF webinar seeks to:

  • Provide an overview of the literature related to male relationships, emotional intimacy, and masculinity and describe the mental and physical health impact of feelings of isolation and loneliness for men.
  • Share components of school-based programs promoting friendships among boys and girls currently being implemented at scale in Colorado (U.S.) and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to discuss how existing programs integrate empathy, communication, and facilitating places for men into their work and identify the next steps necessary to integrate their use.


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