This commentary argues that while women and girls and men and boys are all affected by the current mental health crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis among men warrants close attention given potential impacts on global public health and the unique, gendered responses required to meet men’s needs. Along with their call to address social and economic vulnerabilities exacerbated during the pandemic, the authors provide examples of evidence-based, scalable interventions to support men’s mental health.
Our training materials can be used to introduce a broad range of audiences and backgrounds to important concepts related to gender and health. Each training course focuses on one of five themes that complement the CORE Gender 101 agenda: Gender Integration, HIV + Sexuality, Safe Motherhood, Gender-Based Violence, and Constructive Male Engagement. The courses are designed to meet the geographic and technical needs of cooperating agencies, USAID Missions, and specific projects. Materials range from basics such as using a shared gender vocabulary and programmatic guidance, to user guides on how to conduct a gender analysis, to exercises for gender trainings. The trainings are geared to be used by anyone and with any audience, even those learning about gender for the first time!
Our popular Gender Integration Continuum framework is an important tool to assess how programs do (or do not) address gender and move them toward more gender-transformative actions. An updated User’s Guide for facilitating training on use of the continuum is available, along with other materials.
This blog discusses how a continuous endorsement of masculinity beliefs may negatively influence the overall health and wellbeing of men. Conformity to masculine beliefs prevents men from seeking professional help and care when going through emotional or personal crises, causes them to seek less preventive care, and can contribute to intentional deferment of professional care when experiencing injury or illness.
This study explores emerging opportunities for social transformation in the context of sedimented layers of male privilege and the questioning of restrictive gender norms in two Iraqi governorates. Among the promising pathways for change are awareness-raising activities with male allies, alongside other longer-term efforts advancing transformative change in attitudes, practices, and behaviors.
In this analysis, Health Policy Plus examines the policy environment for male engagement in family planning across 26 USAID priority countries for family planning. The in-depth analysis examines national polices for reproductive health and family planning and/or gender, and offers priority policy actions that strengthen a supportive environment for engaging men and boys in family planning programs and services.
This resource serves as a policy framework for male engagement and shares examples of how the framework can be applied to strengthen the enabling environment for male engagement. The framework is organized around men’s and boys’ three overlapping roles in family planning: as contraceptive users, as supportive partners for family planning, and as agents of change.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a source of stress and have important mental health implications for all persons but may have unique implications for men. This paper discusses considerations for intervening in men’s mental health during and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including current technology-based cyberpsychology options.