Men have many roles in society: as fathers, partners, brothers, teachers, health care providers and leaders. When children and adolescents see male role models displaying positive masculinities that enable more equitable distribution of household nutrition, health decision-making, caregiving or professional health-related responsibilities, it can have multifaceted effects. These include promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and good nutrition in the short and long term.
This guidance note was developed in response to Nutrition International’s efforts in gender mainstreaming to provide a summary of best practices in engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment in health and nutrition programs. The document includes the rationale for men’s engagement, common misconceptions, a conceptual model, guiding principles, strategies, and ethical considerations. Specific examples of men’s engagement in health and nutrition and additional resources are also presented.