The Role of Men in the Economic and Social Development of Women

A majority of gender policies do not take into account how male behavior affects female outcomes in the promotion of gender equality. In developing regions, women’s health is largely affected by male policy makers, health care administrators, and service providers who may determine what women’s health needs are from a male perspective. In the private sphere where a large part of gender interactions occur, male heads often have the final say on family planning issues, female labor market participation, use of family resources, and amount of participation in childcare and housework. In the transition towards a more egalitarian society, programs and policies that are adopted may have a higher likelihood of success if they take into consideration the implications for women as well as the direct and indirect reaction of men.