IGWG Special Update: Male Engagement Task Force Event - June 2nd at 8:30am EDT #bethere

Danette Wilkins

Greetings Colleagues,

We invite you to register for the upcoming event "Men & Boys' Mental Health: Emerging Evidence and Innovative Approaches" on Wednesday, June 2nd from 8:30am-10:30am EDT (Washington DC). This event is brought to you by the Interagency Gender Working Group's Male Engagement Task Force. The event will be hosted in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

We encourage you to share the event invitation with your networks. It is a public event that requires prior registration. Please see below for invitation with more details – including registration link.


Thank you very much for your time and attention.





Danette Wilkins, MPH

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 Program Officer II, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

 email: danette.wilkins@...  





The Interagency Gender Working Group's Male Engagement Task Force invites you to...

Men & Boys’ Mental Health: Emerging Evidence and Innovative Approaches

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

8:30 a.m. Washington DC | 12:30 p.m. Accra

3:30 p.m. Nairobi | 6:00 p.m. Delhi

Duration: 2 hours





Unique risk factors and social determinants drive men and boys’ mental health and can have compounding effects on their overall health. Global health programs must identify and consider these unique drivers in order to respond effectively to improve the lives of men and boys, women and girls, and people with other gender identities.


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: 

          Introductory Remarks 
          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

With appreciation, 

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 









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