There is consistent evidence supporting the benefits of incorporating men and boys into sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, but there is less consensus about the most effective ways to do so. This systematic review analysed interventions across all WHO SRHR dimensions that engaged men and boys and were gender-transformative – meaning they addressed the structural factors affecting gender biases in SRHR.
The central question going forward is not whether or not to engage men and boys in SRHR, but how to do so in ways that do no harm, promote gender equality and health for all and are scientifically rigorous.
- Eimear Ruane-McAteer- School of Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
- Kathryn Gillespie, Ăine Aventin, Martin Robinson, Maria Lohan- School of Nursing and Midwifery and Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
- Avni Amin, Rajat Khosla- Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneve, Switzerland
- Jennifer Hanratty- Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK