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Promoting positive masculinity for sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality in informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa

More than half of residents in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest cities, and a growing proportion of Africans overall, live in congested informal settlements (also called slums). Residents of Africa’s urban informal settlements are at elevated risk for poor sexual and reproductive health and rights, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Interventions focused on men and boys expand the scope for challenging gender norms and masculine ideals that impede sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustain gender inequality in these communities. While implementers of male-targeted sexual and reproductive health and rights programs in Africa argue that their work is grounded in current international evidence on what works to promote the engagement of men and boys in gender equality and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights, little systematic research exists on the implementation, effectiveness, and effects of these initiatives.

This project will generate and disseminate evidence on the implementation, effectiveness, and challenges of male-targeted sexual and reproductive health and rights and positive masculinity initiatives in poor urban settlements. It will assess gender attitudes, norms, and practices as well as the sexual and reproductive health and rights behaviours of men and boys participating in these programs. It will support existing male-targeted sexual and reproductive health and rights initiatives to use evidence for program improvement. It will also document attitudes and changes in gender norms. Finally, it will strengthen the capacity of project team members and others and foster strategic alliances and partnerships with critical stakeholders, including policymakers and implementers, to ensure the more effective delivery of male-targeted sexual and reproductive health and rights programs.

Project ID
109092
Project Status
Active
Duration
42 months
IDRC Officer
Marie-Gloriose Ingabire
Total Funding
CA$ 950,000.00
Location
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nigeria
Rwanda
Programs
Global Health
Global Health
Maternal and Child Health
Institution Country
Nigeria
Project Leader
Chidi Ugwu
Institution
University of Nigeria
Institution Country
Rwanda
Project Leader
Fidele Rutayisire
Institution
Rwanda Men's Resource Center
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Izugbara Chimaraoke
Institution
International Center for Research on Women
Institution Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Project Leader
Jacques Emina
Institution
Population and Health Research Institute