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Equimundo, Ipas, and ICRW co-hosted a webinar exploring men’s roles in decision-making around abortion. New research from Ghana and India provides key insights into men’s attitudes and involvement in relation to women seeking abortion.

Research has shown that among women seeking abortion, those with support from their partners are more likely to seek an abortion from a skilled provider or to use a safe, proven method. We know that men often hold power and influence when it comes to making a final decision with regard to women’s reproductive health behaviors. Little research has been conducted about men’s motivations to support women’s access to safe abortion services, an understanding of which is part of a comprehensive approach to advancing sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice.

In this webinar on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, experts shared findings from two studies that explore men’s role in abortion-seeking:

  • Sapna Kedia, Technical Specialist with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) discussed findings from “Male Involvement in Pre-Marital Abortions in Delhi.”
  • Samuel Kojo Antobam, Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor for Ipas Ghana, shared findings from “Understanding men’s support of family planning and abortion in Northern Ghana.”

Additional framing, guiding principles, and insights were provided by Jane Kato-Wallace, Director of Programs at Equimundo, and Kathryn Andersen, Chief Scientific and Technical Officer at Ipas.

The webinar recording is available online here:


Equimundo would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their generous support of Equimundo and ICRW’s research on men’s attitudes regarding abortion-seeking in India and Rwanda.

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