The Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) Male Engagement Task Force (METF) co-chairs invite you to join a webinar on June 2, 2021, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. EDT. During this event, we will explore emerging evidence and innovative approaches for addressing men and boys’ mental health in global health programming and exchange knowledge with colleagues across the globe. Breakout sessions will allow attendees to engage in deeper discussion with featured presenters to enhance engagement and learning.
Please register here in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the event.
Presentations and discussions will aim to generate dialogue on men and boys’ mental health as a contributor to and result of gender inequities, especially as they relate to family planning, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health. Panelists will explore topics such as how trauma intersects with HIV risk and care-seeking; how father absence can contribute to the cycle of poor mental health and other health outcomes; and how pressures on men negatively impact their mental health, which can manifest in harmful behaviors such as gender-based violence. The featured presentations are:
Paul Bolton, USAID
Men’s Lifetime Experiences of Trauma in South Africa and Eswatini
Julie Pulerwitz and Ann Gottert, Population Council
Men The Podcast: Unpacking and Unlearning Mental Health for Men in Tanzania
Michael Baruti, Ubungo
Calm Line: Supporting Men’s Emotional Health and Well-Being in Colombia
Henry Samuel Murrain and María Fernanda Cepeda, Secretariat for Culture, Recreation, and Sports (City of Bogotá)
We look forward to having you join and contribute to this important dialogue!
This webinar will be offered in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish.
Register in advance here. Confirm the time in your time zone here.
Want to know more about the IGWG METF?
The METF is an information, advocacy, and knowledge exchange network that examines what it means to engage men and boys in health promotion and gender equality. The METF aims to explore why we should engage men and boys, what are the benefits, how to do it, what works and doesn’t work, and what modalities of health services can better reach and include men and boys while addressing gender dynamics that act as barriers to health. Health areas of focus include family planning; sexual and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; nutrition; HIV/AIDS; and prevention and treatment of infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. The METF considers relevant social and behavior change, service delivery, research, and policy efforts to improve outcomes across these health areas. For more information, click here.
The METF Co-Chairs
Myra Betron, Jhpiego and USAID MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership
Courtney McLarnon-Silk, Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University and Passages Project
Julie Pulerwitz, Population Council and Breakthrough RESEARCH
Dominick Shattuck, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and Breakthrough ACTION