Presentation on theme: "Involving Young Men for Young Men’s Sake"— Presentation transcript:
1 Involving Young Men for Young Men’s Sake Nicole CheethamAdvocates for YouthDecember 7, 200
2 About Advocates for Youth NGO established in 1980Works domestically and internationallyMission: to promote policies and programs that help young people make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive healthTarget audiences include: youth activists, youth-serving organizations, health professionals, media and policy makers
3 The 3 R’s Philosophy The Three R’s Philosophy of: Rights Young men and women have the right to sexual and reproductive health information and servicesRespectYoung women and men deserve respectResponsibilitySociety has a responsibility to ensure these rights and respect so that young men and women can make responsible decisions
4 Why Focus on Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health? Worldwide, nearly half of all people are under age 25Most people in the world become sexually active during adolescenceMost young people lack accurate knowledge about reproduction and sexuality and do not have access to information & services
5 Young People are at Risk of Unintended Parenthood and STI’s 14 million children are born to adolescent women each year---10% of all birthsPregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death for women in developing countries.Globally one out of twenty adolescents gets an STI each year.Youth 25 and under account for 50% of all new HIV infections.
6 Why Focus on Young Men?They have a right to have their own SRH needs addressedCurrently, many SRH services focus only on the needs of womenExcluding men puts all family planning responsibility on womenMany young men want to be involved in planning their familiesMen often play a critical role in supporting women’s health decisionsDirect services to men provides indirect services to womenDoes not have to be either/or
7 What Influences Young Men’s Gender Roles? Society and CultureHealth servicesGovernmentMediaFamilyYOUNG MENReligionCommunityPeersEconomics
8 Types of Programs Community Participation Life Skills Education Peer educationMentorshipSupport groupsMedia campaignsMen-friendly health services
9 Community Participation for YRSH in Burkina Faso 3 Southern rural provincesYouth ages 15-24Goal: To improve youth’s sexual and reproductive health through community participation
10 Community Participation for YRSH in Burkina Faso
11 Community Participation for YRSH in Burkina Faso Key elements included:Involvement of both young men and women in program development and implementationHolistic identification of young women and men’s needsSeparated by gender initially, then integratedEqual numbers of young men and women systematically across program activities
12 California's Male Involvement Program for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Begun in 1995$8 million dollars, 3-year initiativeState-wideYoung men ages 12-24Goal: to mobilize adolescent and young adult males to play an active part in preventing teen pregnancy and early unintended fatherhood
13 California’s Male Involvement Program for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Core strategies included:Community awareness campaignsPregnancy preventionResponsible fatherhoodYouth leadership and prevention education servicesLife skills curriculum, RH and FP info, and other issues addressed including school retention, gang involvement, employment, finances, and housingWorking with young men where they areSchools, juvenile detention centers, faith centers and migrant work campsInstitutionalization of male involvementSchool credit for participation, free transportation to sessions, change in hiring procedures to staff youthYouth-adult partnershipsMentorship componentGuidance and referral
14 Men As Partners Program Established in 1996 by EngenderHealthCurrently in 15 countriesGoals include:To enhance men’s awareness and support for their partners’ reproductive health choicesTo increase men’s access to comprehensive reproductive health servicesTo mobilize men to take an active stand for gender equity and against gender-based violence
15 Men As Partners Program Core elements of EngenderHealth’s South Africa program:Implementation of workshops aimed at changing accepted knowledge, attitudes, and behavior about genderMobilization of men to take action in their own communitiesPartnerships with government clinics to improve men’s utilization of HIV servicesAdvocacy for increased governmental commitment to promote positive male involvementWork with media to promote changes in social norms
16 Program Tips for Male Involvement Include young men in program development and implementationMake it about them--focus on issues of importance to themSet targets for participationTailor programs to particular groupsAge, geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, etc..Reach young men where they are: workplace, sports spaces, etc..Use participatory methodsIdentify adult and young men who exhibit gender equitable relationships and work with them as mentors and role models
17 Program Tips for Male Involvement While separating young men and women can be important, it is not necessary all the time. Bringing them together helps break down stereotypes, but a safe and informed environment has to be createdAddress gender holistically, recognizing stereotypes on both sides and the mutual responsibility to counter themWhere possible, offer holistic services that address adolescent boys’ varying needsPromote services for young menPromote positive views of young men rather than referencing only the negative
18 Tips for Involving Young Men Establish clear goals for participationShare the power to make decisionsGet commitment from the highest levels of the organizationBe clear on roles and responsibilitiesBe selectiveProvide trainingUse humor
19 Tips for Involving Young Men Educate everyone involved about different communication stylesValue participationInclude room for growthRemember that young men have other interests, responsibilities, and commitments
20 In ConclusionYoung men are in many ways subjected to a gender straight-jacketInvolving young men in reproductive health programs is doable.For their sake, as well as that of their partners and families, it’s critical to involve young men in reproductive health programs.
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