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Program H: Engaging Young Men in Gender Equality


Program H (H for the Homens and Hombres, the words for men in Portuguese and Spanish) seeks to engage young men  and their communities in critical reflections about rigid norms related to manhood.   It includes group educational activities, community campaigns, and an innovative evaluation model (the GEM scale) for assessing the program’s impact on gender-related attitudes.  After participating in Program H activities, young men have reported a number of positive changes, from higher rates of condom use and improved relationships with friends and sexual partners to greater acceptance of domestic work as men’s responsibility and lower rates of sexual harrassment and violence against women.

In 2007, Program H was cited in UNDP’s report “50 Jeitos Brasileiros de Mudar o Mundo” (translation: 50 Brazilian Ways to Change the World and in UNICEF’s report on the State of the World’s Children.  In 2008, UNFPA recognized Program H as an effective strategy for engaging young men in the promotion of sexual and reproductive health in its State of the Population Report.

Program H in the world

Program H was developed and validated in Latin America and the Caribbean (Bolivia, Colombia, Jamaica and Peru) and subsequently evaluated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The methodology has also been adapted for use in the Balkans, India, Peru, Tanzania and Vietnam and has been used as the basis for trainings and technical support in in Brazil (in partnership with other non-governmental organizations in the north, northeast and mid-west regions of the country); in Asia (India, Nepal, and Thailand); in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Mozambique and Namibia); in Central America (Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) and in the United States and Canada.

Partners

Program H was developed by Promundo, ECOS | Comunicação em Sexualidade (São Paulo, Brazil), Instituto Papai (Recife, Brazil), and  Salud y Género (México), with support from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), IPPF/WHR, JohnSnowBrasil and Durex – SSL International.

Click here to view Program H materials and reports

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