Please note: This archive was last updated in 2005.

RHO archives : Topics : Men and Reproductive Health

 Table 1. Guidelines for Promoting Gender Equity

Research among lower income youth in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, has identified the following ways that youth-serving organizations can promote more gender-equitable versions of masculinity:.

  • Offer individual spaces and group spaces for young men.
  • Create spaces where young men feel comfortable questioning the costs of traditional versions of masculinities.
  • Work with young men on reflecting about, writing, recording, valuing life histories.
  • Offer adolescent males opportunities to be mentored and to mentor.
  • Encourage reflection and discussion about the current state of affairs in male-female relationships and conflict-resolution in dating relationships.
  • Promote discussions about fatherhood and the meaning of fathers.
  • Provide connections to spaces where young men can learn new skills, both vocational and domestic.

Source: Barker 1999.

Back to Key Issues