Changing Gender Dynamics through Community-Based Health Initiatives

Community-based health organizations in Tanzania tend to have a pro-female bias. Efforts were undertaken to strengthen male participation, while also promoting female leadership. A double impact could be seen: more women leaders (over a third of the organization’s chairpersons are female) and increased male participation. Men’s involvement as educators and as target group led to some circumcisers abandoning their tools and several arranged marriages being cancelled. Community-based organizations engage to ensure gender balance in their representation and the networks’ managing committees.

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