Engaging Men in HIV and GBV Prevention, SRHR Promotion and Parenting

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Evidence shows that effectively engaging men for gender equality can have benefits for women, children and men themselves. In light of this, Sonke Gender Justice, together with partners in the MenEngage Africa network, scanned selected laws and policies from across Africa to assess the extent to which they contain language that promotes the proactive engagement of men and boys for achieving gender equality. A series of policy reports have been produced from this analysis.

This report provides an analysis of policies, law and plans in Sierra Leone. It explores the strengths and weaknesses of the selected relevant policies, laws and plans in terms of engaging with men; and provides recommendations for how such policies can improve the way in which they include men and boys, account for their needs, enable them to support their partners, children and peers and facilitate their role as advocates for change. The report examines four key areas for engaging men that are critical for gender equality, namely:
1. HIV and AIDS;
2. Gender-based violence (GBV);
3. Sexual and Reproductive Heath and Rights (SRHR); and
4. Parenting

This report can be used as a policy advocacy and programming tool, to strengthen a focus on engaging men for gender equality within national laws and policies. Its key audiences are national and regional civil society, policy makers and decision-makers.

The document was developed with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women administered by UN Women, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).