HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 7 no. 1 (2007)

Men's Involvement in Reproductive Health: An Islamic Perspective

Hamim Ilyas | Sekar Ayu Ariyani | Rachmad Hidayat

Discipline: Social Science



Throughout the world, sexual and reproductive health (S&RH) programs have devoted preponderant attention to women. However, in recent years, the need to also focus on men has been articulated, and some modest, low-level programs have in fact been pursued. There are two justifications for this gradual programmatic shift. One, men also have their own S&RH problems. Two, men owing to their privileged positions and dominant roles in families, communities and organizations are influencing women's health in markedly negative ways. Given this two-pronged impetus, male participation or involvement in S&RH programs is therefore critical and pivotal. However, between the two, the latter carries more weight and serves as the guiding principle for pushing men's program participation.