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This analysis found that the DRC has made efforts in terms of engaging men and boys, but should include a stronger emphasis on influencing gender norms. While the sexual and reproductive health policies are engaging with men as clients, they are weak in engaging them as advocates for change. Specific steps need to be taken to directly target men, especially in relation to parenting and encouraging men to be role models. Where applicable, strategies aiming to address underlying causes, including gender norms and the engagement of men should be specified. Marginalised men particularly need to be properly engaged within all relevant policies and the violence men experience should also be acknowledged and accounted for.
This Policy Report has been developed to be used as an advocacy tool for civil society, policymakers and decision-makers to identify key areas for policy advocacy, and better understand and strengthen a focus on engaging men within laws and policies for gender equality.