Men As Partners®
The vast majority of global reproductive health programming in developing countries involves educating women about issues such as maternal health care and family planning. But in many of these countries, men are the ones who wield decision-making power in the partnership when it comes to sexual relations or reproductive health—including when to have children, whether to seek health care, or whether to use protection during sex. EngenderHealth recognizes the importance of partnerships between women and men, as well as the need to reach out to men to help them share the responsibility for maintaining strong reproductive health.
EngenderHealth established its Men As Partners® (MAP) program in 1996. Through its groundbreaking work, this program works with men to play constructive roles in promoting gender equity and health in their families and communities.
How MAP Works
The MAP program uses many approaches to address gender inequalities, including:
- Holding interactive, skills-building workshops that confront harmful stereotypes of what it means to be a man
- Enhancing health care facilities’ capacity to provide men with quality care by training health care professionals to offer male-friendly services
- Leading local and national public education campaigns, using murals, street theater, rallies, and media, which explore the theme of partnership
- Building national and international advocacy networks to create a global movement
To date, EngenderHealth has developed Men As Partners programs in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In the United States, EngenderHealth is working with adolescents in Austin, TX, to address teen pregnancy prevention by looking at the impacts of gender norms on the sexual behaviors of youths.
Men in South Africa march against gender-based violence.