Men Health & Gender Equality

A report on the National Men’s Imbizo

This Men’s Imbizo successfully brought together stakeholders from eight provinces to discuss and recommend policy responses to the related challenges of improving men’s health and promoting gender equality. The mix of presentations on bio-medical and psycho-social aspects of gender and health in the lives of men raised key issues for discussion, and in the process revealed not only a deep hunger among men for more information on their health and their bodies, but also some of the key tensions that policy must address. The meeting made clear that policy on men, health and gender equality must address both male power, and its influence on women’s health, and gender norms, and their influence on men’s health, in a twin-track approach. This report provides an overview of the key topics and outcomes of this Imbizo.