Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2002
Instituto Papai


This profile was prepared when Jorge Lyra was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Jorge offers young men the opportunity to learn about and reflect on their experiences as fathers, as well as to discuss the meaning of having a child, how to consider if they are prepared to do so, and different methods of contraception. His efforts are the first in Brazil to recognize that male participation in public and family health planning is absolutely fundamental to the prevention of adolescent pregnancy and the promotion of responsible, committed parenting.
By addressing the needs of young fathers through outreach, training workshops, and advocacy, Jorge also effectively addresses the needs of their children and partners. In addition to new services arranged through his network of healthcare professionals and child development specialists, Jorge helps adolescent fathers tap into valuable family services and public health resources. Through his initiative, Jorge is helping young men begin to formally participate in the process of childbirth and learn about their own bodies and reproductive rights, often for the first time.
The Problem
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The Person

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