The Men and Boys Coalition and four Coalition members have raised concerns over the disproportionate impact on men and boys Covid-19 and the measures brought in to tackle the pandemic, as part of the Women and Equalities Select Committee public inquiry into the issue.
The Men and Boys Coalition submission focuses on:
- The higher rate of infection and fatalities from the disease among men
- Issues of disadvantage disproportionately affecting men and boys that leave this group more vulnerable to infection and death from Covid-19 — such as imprisonment and rough sleeping
- Issues of disadvantage disproportionately affecting men and boys that have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and measures brought in to tackle it — such as blocked contact with children among non-resident fathers
- Issues relating to Covid-19 and the measures brought in to tackle it, for which men and boys are not adequately considered, acknowledged or included — such as access to refuges for male domestic abuse victims
The Coalition’s submission also made clear that we believe the impact of Covid-19 on men has shown the urgent need for more investment in, and overhaul in approach to, men’s health services.
This is because we believe that men’s greater vulnerability to this disease is an expression of existing men’s health inequalities that require structural changes to address effectively.
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In addition to MBC’s submission, Coalition members Dr John Barry, the Mankind Initiative, MensCraft and Future Men also submitted evidence in relation to the expertise and insights from their work with men and boys.
Dr John Barry