Emerging Strategies to Engage Men in Addressing the Gendered Impact of COVID-19: A Virtual Forum
The data and reporting are increasingly clear: Men have specific vulnerabilities and roles related to COVID-19, and key gender considerations underpin them. Some of these relate to men’s health behaviors, such as their comparatively lower use of masks, men’s historically limited roles in caregiving, and increased rates of domestic violence during home confinement.
In the urgency to control the pandemic and ensure critical health services, little attention has been paid to the potentially positive role that men can play and how to shift harmful masculinities to mitigate the pandemic’s effects within relationships, households, and communities.
This year’s METF exchange meeting will feature invited presentations that describe experiences and/or results from research or programmatic efforts with men to address the gendered impacts of COVID-19 through adaptations of existing health programming in the areas of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH); HIV and other infectious diseases; and family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH).
Anticipated topics include:
- Data and the gendered impact of COVID-19 on men’s health and well-being.
- Men and mental health and stress mitigation during COVID-19.
- Men and gender-based violence in the time of COVID-19.
- Men and household and caregiving roles during COVID-19.
- Men and work-related pressures during COVID-19.