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Scorecard on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) policies in Africa

Engaging men and boys in the promotion of SRHR
7 Mar 15 Adolescents & Teens, Men's Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights
Sonke Gender Justice (2015). Scorecard on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) policies in Africa: Engaging men and boys in the promotion of SRHR. MenEngage Africa and Sonke Gender Justice: Cape Town, South Africa.

This scorecard provides an assessment of whether national policies from twelve African countries attempt to engage men and boys in the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The countries are: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.10 The Scorecard identifies various strengths and gaps within these countries’ SRHR policies with regards to their inclusion of language relating to the proactive and progressive engagement of men and boys.

Furthermore, it offers recommendations for how such policies can increase the commitment and capacity of men and boys to play a proactive role in promoting SRHR. The scorecard is intended to be used by civil society, governments, policymakers as well as decision-makers working in the development of policy and legislation on SRHR. It aims to enable a better understanding on how to improve SRHR for all citizens, including the importance of engaging men and boys in the promotion of SRHR. It also offers an opportunity to address the gaps and priorities identified in existing policies. It can also be used to identify key areas and priorities for policy advocacy.

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