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Session: Role of Relationships, Gender and Men in Reproductive Health
3223.0: Monday, November 8, 2004: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Role of Relationships, Gender and Men in Reproductive Health
In many countries, men make decisions on or strongly influence women’s decisions related to family planning and other aspects of reproductive health. As such, positive male attitudes, support, and appropriate and supportive involvement can benefit women’s reproductive health and reduce the incidence of harmful practices in many ways. This panel explores many aspects of male involvement in international settings, including ways in which such involvement can be a positive factor in improving women’s health and wellbeing. Topics include methods that require both members of the couple to be involved for effective use (for example, the Standard Days Method), women’s negotiation with partners regarding unwanted sex, enlisting men and service providers to fight female genital cutting, and getting men more positively involved in their spouse’s maternity care. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are presented to show ways in which male involvement and couple-oriented services can improve women’s reproductive health.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) explain ways in which male attitudes and male involvement can affect women's reproductive health, both positively and negatively 2) cite research results showing most successful ways to involve couples in use of calendar methods such as the Standard Days Method 3) describe ways to involve men and service providers to fight female genital cutting 4) describe research results on characteristics of women's negotiating with partners regarding unwanted sex 5) cite ways in which men have been successfully involved in maternity care of their spouses
Moderator(s):Sam Clark, PhD
12:30 PMFamily planning and couples: Methods and services  [ Recorded presentation ]
Rebecka Inga Lundgren, MPH
12:44 PMSexual negotiation, sexual passivity, or agency? Marital sexual relationships of rural women in Vietnam
Tu Anh Hoang, PhD, Sidney Ruth Schuler, PhD, Jenny Higgins, MA
12:58 PMCommunity based education : A strategy for engaging men to fight female genital cutting (FGC)
Djingri Ouoba
1:12 PMTraining Providers, Reaching Communities: Counseling and Advocacy to Abandon Female Genital Cutting in Mali  [ Recorded presentation ]
Boniface Sebikali, MD, MPH, Cheick Oumar Touré, MD, Ellen Renée Wertheimer, MHS, Perle Combary
1:26 PMBringing More Men into Maternity Care: Scaling Up Men’s Involvement in India  [ Recorded presentation ]
Leila Caleb Varkey, ScD, Anurag Mishra, PhD, M. E. Khan, PhD, John W. Townsend, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; International Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA