A discussion paper exploring the key issues around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in the context of men and masculinities.
These key issues include youth leadership, harmful practices (such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriage), dignified menstruation, the global gag rule, safe abortion, and the rights and dignity of transgender individuals.
This paper is based on many hours of discussions and contributions around the 3rd MenEngage Global Symposium – the Ubuntu Symposium. It reflects the inputs of many activists, researchers, policy-makers, and people working with men and boys for gender justice around the world.
The paper talks about how COVID-19 has intensified the challenges of change agents committed to gender justice, and includes a reflection on the path forward and further resources on SRHR and SOGIESC.
Who will find this resource useful?
This report is key to anyone interested in understanding SRHR and SOGIESC in the context of men and masculinities and how COVID-19 affected gender justice. It offers recommendations for activists, researchers, policy-makers, and people working with men and boys for gender, and social justice.
It would also be useful to MenEngage Alliance members, and anyone that wants to improve in transforming masculinities and working with men and boys in gender and social justice.
Find out more
This paper is part of a series. Click here to access the other Ubuntu Discussion Papers on a range of topics.
Read more about the MenEngage Ubuntu Symposium and the key outcome document: the Ubuntu Declaration and Call to Action.
About the authors
This paper was authored by Tyler Crone and Jacqui Stevenson for MenEngage Global Alliance, with review from Magaly Marques, and copyediting by Jill Merriman