Engaging Men in Promoting Men’s Participation in Contraceptives03/1/16
The male population’s involvement in family planning programs are based on the fact that in various cultures, male involvement in the use of contraceptives still faces many obstacles.
Social norms with regards to the roles of men and women are very influential in the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, as well as the limited role of men in family planning. Male participation in the use of contraceptives in Indonesia in 2013 amounted to only 4.6%, far behind Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia that averages a participation of 16.8%. The reason for the low participation of men is partly due to the patriarchal cultural paradigm, where the mindset in society is that the use of contraceptives is the responsibility of the female, not the mutual obligations between men and women.