1 Week Left! Call for Submissions: IGWG Male Engagement Task Force Event - Due: Fri, Aug 27 #invitation

Danette Wilkins

Dear IBP Network colleagues,

I am writing to share an upcoming opportunity to showcase your programming and research around engaging men and boys before a global audience of donors, practitioners, and researchers. Please see the below announcement for details. We invite you to submit presentation ideas by completing this form by Friday, August 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. You are more than welcome to submit multiple ideas per individual or organization.

Dear Colleagues,

As strides in recent years advance the research and programming around engaging men and boys in health, new and recurring challenges and opportunities require that we continue to emphasize men and boys as key actors in promoting gender equality and improving global health outcomes. Key questions for advancing meaningful engagement of men and boys include:

  • What more can we do to engage men and boys as clients of health services for their own health and well-being?  

  • How can we engage men as partners and users in gender-synchronized interventions (such as couple-focused programming) while still upholding women’s agency and autonomy? How might the approach vary for men in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships?

  • What does it take to engage men and boys as agents of change in shifting gender-inequitable norms of masculinity and fortifying more equitable norms at the community and societal levels?

  • How have research topics and methodologies evolved to better capture the influence and impact of male engagement programming? 

  • What can we do to engage a broader diversity of men and boys (for example, men with gender-inequitable attitudes and beliefs, men who are a sexual or gender minority, men with disabilities)?

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Are you doing male engagement work that relates to the above questions? We seek submissions that highlight programming and research engaging men and boys as clients, partners, and agents of change, both individually and within communities. We welcome submissions about programming and research that show evidence of effectiveness as best, promising, or emerging practices, as well as approaches with unclear or unexpected outcomes that reveal important issues for further consideration. Please submit presentation ideas by completing this form by Friday, August 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Upon selection, you will be notified and asked to develop a presentation for review by Friday, September 10.

REGISTRATION: Register to attend online here. We look forward to you joining us!

If you have any questions or issues submitting your idea via the Google form, please contact Myra Betron at myra.betron@... or Rebecka Lundgren at  rlundgren@...

Want to know more about the IGWG’s Male Engagement Task Force? 

The Male Engagement Task Force (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 Male Engagement Task Force 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

On behalf of the IGWG Male Engagement Task Force, thank you very much for your time and attention. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!




Danette Wilkins, MPH

(she/her and they/them – What is this?)


Program Officer II, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs


email: danette.wilkins@...  


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