Where We Work
See our interactive map
This post originally appeared on the Good Men Project.
When I first started World Vasectomy Day, I was often asked why I would take time from filmmaking to help launch a movement. I explained that ever since 9/11, it no longer felt sufficient to tell stories in hopes of making a difference—I wanted to be part of something that actually is the difference.
So I spent the better part of a decade seeking a story so powerful that in its telling I could make a contribution towards a healthier, even happier planet. During that time, three things became increasingly apparent:
1. Information and communication technology (ICT) is not only changing the way we can distribute our work, it’s changing the nature of storytelling itself. ICT makes it possible to engage audiences in determining the third act (or what the global health community calls “ results” ).
2. Although filmmaking, when done well, can inspire engagement and commitment, actual social change requires long-term, sustainable, scalable ideas that affect systems and institutions, not just individuals.
3. I began to see men as a demographic desperately in need of a storytelling movement to create a positive shift in consciousness and behavior. For me, that story is about how men can do their part to engage in family planning and promote greater health and opportunities for women around the world.In the search for authentic and energetic partners, I discovered IntraHealth International. This organization is made up of health care champions and innovators committed to seeking new ways of accomplishing hard-to-achieve goals. More than anything, IntraHealth wants everyone everywhere to have access to the health care they need to thrive. It was clear to me when I attended their annual SwitchPoint conference in April that this is an organization that both embraces and supports cutting-edge ideas that have real world applications.
The reasons this makes them a great partner for us include:
For these and so many other reasons, we are confident that this year’s World Vasectomy Day will be our most successful ever. Our event will be in Nairobi, Kenya, November 18, 2016, but it will celebrated and acknowledged in over 1,000 clinics, doctor’s offices and hospitals the world over. Together, we’ll not only bring high-quality vasectomy services to men—we’ll also spark the kinds of conversations that lead to real, lasting change.
Get the latest updates from the blog and eNews