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Program H Manual

Program H is named after homens and hombres, the words for men in Portuguese and Spanish. Launched in 2002 by Promundo and partners and now used in more than 34 countries, it primarily targets men, ages 15 to 24, to encourage critical reflection about rigid norms related to manhood and encourage transformation of stereotypical roles associated with gender.

It is based on extensive research of young men in Brazil with more gender-equitable attitudes, which demonstrated that these attitudes were indicative of men who had a peer group supportive of gender equality, better personal experiences around gender equality, and more meaningful male role models.

The Program H methodology promotes group education sessions combined with youth-led campaigns and activism to transform stereotypical roles associated with gender. The manual you can download here comprises over 70 validated Program H activities which can be customized for specific contexts. There is also an abbreviate manual – the Program HMD Tookit – featured on the knowledge platform.

Partners usually implement 10 to 16 activities, once a week, over a period of several months in conjunction with community awareness campaigns created by youth themselves. To complement these activities, Promundo offers a conversation-starting, no-words video Once Upon a Boy.

After participating in Program H activities, young men have reported many positive changes, from higher rates of condom use and improved relationships, to a greater willingness to take on domestic work and lower rates of sexual harassment and violence against women. The results of eight, mostly quasi-experimental studies on Program H around the world have found evidence of positive changes among program participants: from more gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors generally, to improved couple communication, reduced gender-based violence, increased condom use, and improved attitudes around caregiving.

Program H Manual Contents

SECTION 1: SEXUALITY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
SECTION 2: FATHERHOOD AND CAREGIVING
SECTION 3: FROM VIOLENCE TO PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE
SECTION 4: REASONS AND EMOTIONS
SECTION 5: PREVENTING AND LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

Each section contains various explanations about what the issues are and  why it is important to address them with young men and boys, followed by a set of education activities for facilitators to lead.

Date published
  • 2002
Author(s)
  • Instituto Promundo
  • ECOS
  • Papai
  • Salud y Género
Published by Instituto Promundo
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