Prevention of Harmful Traditional Practices, including Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Empowering Men as Partners

Our approach with men is to demystify the myths and beliefs about women and demonstrate that partnership with women can bring greater success in the home, at the community and within the state. We work with and train existing men’s groups to become Male Action Groups so that their level of knowledge and understanding of, and actions towards different thematic issues commensurate with that of their spouses or partners who have benefited, and continue to do so, from our programme.

Their training revolves around the following principles: supportive partnerships between man and women; respect for women’s views and ideas; creating space for dialogue between partners; making informed decisions together and sharing responsibilities relating to sexual and reproductive health; and the prevention of all forms of gender-based violence. These principles guide all discussions with men on harmful traditional practices including FGM/C.