September 26th 2022 is World Contraception Day! The WHO/IBP Network will convene partners to discuss the latest research, trends, and policy implications around male contraception. Over the past few decades male engagement in family planning has operated from the perspective of pregnancy prevention being primarily a woman’s responsibility, with the male partner playing a secondary role in supporting women’s access to and uptake of contraception. However, reinforcing men’s supporting role may have inadvertently cemented women’s contraceptive burden and exacerbated gender inequitable roles. The World Health Organization invites all partners to initiate a renewed commitment towards male contraception that includes not only support as partners but also as advocates for male contraceptive methods and options.
Objectives of the Session:
1. To bring awareness to available male contraceptive options
2. To enlighten participants on research efforts on male contraception
3. To call for renewed focus on male contraception and discuss more partner engagement