This training manual, developed by the Population Council in collaboration with Instituto PROMUNDO, CORO for Literacy, MAMTA, and DAUD promotes gender equity and addresses masculinity as a strategy for the prevention of HIV. Adapted from the “Program H: Working with Young Men Series” developed in Brazil by Instituto PROMUNDO, it promotes the positive aspects of masculinity, encourages men’s participation in sexual and reproductive health, promotes respect for sexual diversity, and improves understanding of the body and sexuality. In this manual, HIV prevention is addressed within the larger framework of gender roles and relationships. Gender disparity, widely prevalent in Indian society lies at the root of most sexual and reproductive health problems. There is a growing realization that these problems cannot effectively be addressed unless men are involved, and there is unmet need for designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based interventions for reaching boys and men effectively. This manual is based on operations research undertaken in Mumbai, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh to develop educational activities targeted to young men, rigorously test interventions designed and implemented by them, and ensure community ownership of the program.
Horizons Program, CORO for Literacy, MAMTA, and Instituto Promundo. 2006. "Yaari Dosti: Young Men Redefine Masculinity, A Training Manual." New Delhi: Population Council.