The Truth About…Men, Boys and Sex

30/06/2009 at 15:51 Leave a comment

Cheryl Overs has contributed an article to a new publication from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), The Truth About…Men, Boys and Sex: Gender-transformative policies and programmes. The report provides information, evidence and practical advice on:

  • Why working with men and boys is important;
  • What SRH issues and services are particularly important for different men and boys; and
  • How programme developers, managers and service providers can integrate a focus on male sexual and reproductive health and gender transformation in their programming.

The age of AIDS carries in its wake a renewed and belated recognition of the particular vulnerability of young women and girls through harmful gender norms and inequality. Yet all too often sexual and reproductive health and HIV programmes fail to engage men and boys to become better lovers, partners and fathers – for their own benefit, that of their partners and families and for changing gender stereotypes.

Featuring facts and figures, contributions from international experts and illustrative case studies, The Truth About…Men, Boys and Sex showcases best practice from across the world on the needs and rights of different groups of men and boys; including:

  • Young men and boys
  • Married men
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Men who inject drugs
  • Male and transgender sex workers
  • Men and boys living with HIV

As IPPF’s Director-General, Dr. Gill Greer, states out in her foreword “This unique combination of case studies and interviews…serves as a reminder that progress on the rights of women and girls is intimately linked to ensuring that men and boys are equal partners in this dialogue”

To read The Truth About…Men, Boys and Sex visit IPPF’s website at: 

For media enquires please contact Paul Bell at or +44 (0)20 7939 8233

For information on and to order copies of The Truth About…Men, Boys and Sex please contact Dieneke ter Huurne on or +44 (0)20 7939 8279 or Jon Hopkins on or +44 (0)20 7939 8277

For more information on IPPF please go to


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