Engaging Men in Rural Uganda

This Prevention+ case study highlights the work by Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), one of the leading NGOs in Uganda that advocates for access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services for men and women. The organization has strong male engagement strategies, including involving fathers through positive parenting interventions and encouraging men to support women’s economic empowerment. Other strategies include community mobilization and advocacy to promote gender equality and challenging harmful cultural and social norms, beliefs, and practices.

Prevention+ is a five-year, multi-country program that envisions a world where healthy, respectful, and equal relationships are the norm. To contribute to making this a reality, the program addresses the root causes of gender-based violence: the social, economic, religious, and cultural contexts that shape attitudes and behavior that lead to violence. Prevention+ takes a multi-level approach in order to ensure long-lasting impact, and to transform the mutually reinforcing social and structural factors that support gender-based violence (GBV) and allow it to persist. The program actively engages young and adult men as partners and advocates for change – alongside young and adult women – to challenge and transform harmful gender norms and practices.

View the other Prevention+ case studies here: IndonesiaLebanonPakistan, and Rwanda. Prevention+ is led by a consortium of Rutgers, Sonke Gender Justice, and Promundo, and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.