How can policies be developed and implemented to achieve gender equality, reduce health inequities and improve both men and women’s health? This policy brief highlights the rationale for policy approaches to promote men’s health, as well as successful policy initiatives that have promoted gender equality and made a positive difference for men’s health.
The authors identify key features and strategies of effective interventions, and use Gupta’s framework of interventions being gender blind, gender sensitive or gender transformative to evaluate this. The authors compellingly stress that gender transformative policies and interventions, by addressing men’s behaviours, attitudes, relations with women, and structural forces that sustain damaging forms of masculinity, achieve the greatest impact on promoting men and women’s health, and reducing gender inequalities.
The authors argue that policymakers should prioritise gender transformative interventions for having the greatest evidence of impact. They also suggest ways to sustain, and improve the capacity of gender transformative health policy approaches.