Why are men missing from family planning in India?
In Hatke’s first audio exclusive, we take a closer look at the lack of male involvement in family planning and why the emphasis has been on methods for women, making contraception solely a woman’s responsibility despite men being primary decision-makers when it comes to family size. We discuss the findings of the latest National Family Health Survey which reinforces that birth control is considered a woman’s business. But it’s not simple disinterest that is keeping men out of these conversations, there are several social and cultural barriers that make it difficult to engage men in family planning. Conversations between couples about unplanned pregnancies and contraception are made even more difficult because of patriarchal norms around masculinity, contributing to a lower