Experts At International Conference Discuss Efforts To Involve Men In Family Planning
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Where are the men? Experts target missing link in contraception
“…Getting men on board [with family planning] has major benefits in developing nations that struggle with booming populations, a trend that puts pressure on limited resources and fuels fresh cycles of poverty, said experts, researchers, and policymakers gathered at an international family planning conference this week in Rwanda. Involving men increases contraceptive use, reducing infant and maternal mortality, as well as the number of unwanted children. All of this frees up women for school or jobs. … The experts said the key to success is to inform and involve men while preserving women’s autonomy. And while some of the more creative efforts have worked, most schemes are localized and remain small-scale in the face of deep-seated resistance…” (Wulfhorst, 11/14).