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Several studies indicate that when men are educated in health - both their own sexual reproductive health, and the health of their family -  it significantly decreases the likelihood that he will inflict violence against his wife and children. And yet, tools to educate and engage men in these sensitive topics are still not lacking.

Men are often excluded from receiving and sharing reproductive health information because of the social stigma and lack of proper sexual education. This means that young boys and men are pushed to learn about puberty and sex on their own, and often through pornography.

And when expecting their first child, men do not receive as much guidance as a young mother. They aren’t sure what to expect, they aren’t sure what to do, and yet they do not ask for help. The stereotypical idea that men must suffer through their problems alone still reigns supreme. Interventions have been proposed to women and girls in hopes that they will somehow translate into behavioural change for the men. However, very few social or education schemes have been developed to directly address issues like puberty, consent, and single parenting faced by boys and men. These interventions drive behavioural change. And with the proper program design, they have the power to shift the mindset men have about their own sexual health. In turn, decreasing the likelihood of violence in the home.

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