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Masculinity and men’s reproductive health rights in the MCSA: a case of the Amadodana.

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Masculinity and men’s sexual reproductive health rights have been a critical issue worldwide and particularly in Africa, especially in recent years. The health status of people is mostly affected because of their gender in terms of whether are male or female along with the gender stereotypes that are dominant in a specific society. Therefore, the quality of reproductive healthcare in South Africa falls short of addressing the sexual health needs of both men and women. In South Africa there are various barriers that speak to socioeconomic, historical and political challenges which account for the difficulties faced by men. Most reproductive health services focus on the reproductive health of the female body rather than men (or both). Issues of men’s reproductive health are vaguely addressed and there is, therefore, a need for preventative measures that involve men and promote their participation in reproductive health. Therefore, the health-related beliefs and behaviour that men display can be understood as a means of building up or validating gender or a certain masculinity. The aim of the study was to analyse how masculinities are constructed and SRH rights imagined among the Amadodana in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA). It was anticipated that the study could assist in reaching a better understanding of the issue of SRH rights vis a vis the Amadodana, but also contribute to resolving the issue of the Amadodana’s lack of access to SRH rights. In conclusion, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa has unused platform such as of Amadodana where Sexual Rights Health issues can be addressed.


Masters Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.