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Communication and Advocacy

WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE WRITTEN ON? THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH POLICIES

By Peter Baker, 2015

The Irish government was the first to introduce a national men’s health policy. It ran for five years, from 2008–2013, and has recently been independently reviewed. The review found, overall, that the policy had a positive impact on men’s health in Ireland. The conclusions of the review suggest that national strategies on men’s health in individual European states, as well as in Europe as a whole, could be beneficial. Existing health policies should also take explicit account of the specific needs of both men and women.

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Men’s health: time for a new approach to policy and practice?

By Peter Baker and Tim Shand, 2017

The United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well–being contains important commitments to reducing by one third premature mortality from non–communicable diseases (NCDs), promoting mental health and well–being, strengthening the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol, and halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. The Goal also aims to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health–care services, including for family planning, information and education, and to improve the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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The men’s health gap: men must be included in the global health equity agenda

By Peter Baker et al., 2014

Concerted global action to reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality among men could have a transformative social, health and economic impact. It is time to not only acknowledge the benefits of such action to men, but also to recognize and measure its potential benefits to women, children and society as a whole. Closing the men’s health gap can benefit men, women and their children. 

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Gender Equality Report

By European Commission, 2016

Factsheet by the European Commission, comparing the situation between the genders within employment and work-life balance, the gender equality situation's impact later on in life, the situation for female migrants and refugees, women in leadership and gender-based violence. 

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Combating violence against women and girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Issue brief by UNFPA, 2015.

Despite some progress in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), levels of VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) remain high throughout the region. As the graph in this issue brief shows, a large proportion of women and girls experience various forms of violence. This Issue brief explores the impact of this violence, why so many women and girls in the EECA region are affected, and why figures such as those below represent only a small proportion of the actual victims and survivors of VAWG. Finally, it provides concrete policy and practical recommendations on how to address the problem in the region.

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Sports and the Making of Men: Transforming Gender Norms on the Playing Field

Advocacy brief by MenEngage Alliance and UNFPA, 2014 

This MenEngage-UNFPA advocacy brief explores ideas on how to transform sport - an important part of the lives of most boys and many men - to encourage gender equitable attitudes and behaviors, to end harmful forms of masculinity, and to transform masculinity in positive ways.

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Preventing gender-biased sex selection in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Issue brief by UNFPA, 2015. 

Gender-biased sex selection has emerged since the early 1990s as a widespread practice in parts of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region and now constitutes a significant challenge to the countries affected. The preference of many parents for sons, combined with the use of modern technologies and declining fertility, has skewed the normal ratio between male and female births in several countries, mostly in the South Caucasus and parts of South-East Europe. As a result, an estimated 171,000 girls are already ‘missing’ in the region, and there has been a growing surplus of men.

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Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict: Engaging Men and Boys

Advocacy brief by MenEngage Alliance and UNFPA, 2012 

This advocacy brief explores how to engage men and boys in preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Both the prevention of such violence and the quality of responses when it has occurred will be greatly enhanced by understanding men’s varied relations to this violence and by engaging men at diverse levels.

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Child marriage in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Regional overview

Issue brief by UNFPA 

This report provides a brief overview of child marriage in the following countries and territories: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), the Kyrgyz Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. It accompanies a set of fact sheets and executive summaries that provide more detailed information on the issue in each country. These country fact sheets are designed to provide a ‘snapshot’ of child marriage in this region, and are based on small-scale, rapid qualitative research carried out in two to three districts in each country or territory. Researchers carried out semi-structured interviews with girls and women (and some men) who married before the age of 18, as well as with national and local state officials, experts in women’s and children’s rights from the NGO sector, and professionals working in health and education. In some countries, focus groups were also held, in communities where child marriage is practiced. 

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Engaging Men, Changing Gender Norms: Directions for Gender-Transformative Action

Advocacy brief by UNFPA and MenEngage Alliance, 2014.

This advocacy brief explores the importance of changing social norms related to men’s ideas and behaviors and examines several questions: Can men support gender equality and learn to live gender-equitable lives? Can men transform the ideas and practices they associate with manhood? Can the spheres where men and boys are socialized and often learn inequitable norms – home, school, work, sports, religion, the media, and others – be changed?

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