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July-20-00

Indonesian Men Reluctant to Take Part in Family Planning

Less than six percent of Indonesia's contraceptive users are men, leaving nearly all Indonesian women with full responsibilities for preventing pregnancy. According to Indonesia's National Family Planning Board, men constitute a mere two percent of the 27.7 million active members of family planning programs. Women use birth control pills, contraceptive injection, implant, IUD, or tubectomy as methods of avoiding pregnancy, but most men are reluctant to use condoms. According to The Jakarta Post, men's aversion to male contraceptives perpetuates a gender-discriminatory ideology that assigns domestic and reproductive chores entirely to women.

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Media Resources: 19 July 2000 The Jakarta Post, Lexis-Nexis