Men as Partners (MAP)

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Men As Partners (MAP)

Purpose and Approach

Men as Partners (MAP) is a program that focuses on approaching men in a respectful and open-minded way and is geared towards getting them to analyze how their negative attitudes, values, and behaviors may be causing more harm than good. The program promotes equality, responsibility, honesty, and respect for all. More specifically lessons will address HIV/AIDS and STIs, gender equality, relationships, family planning, and sexuality. These are areas that have been traditionally focused on women, but the hope is that by involving those who hold the power we will see positive changes in behavior.


MAP was created in South Africa in 1998 by Engender Health and the Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa. The MAP program has two main goals:

1. Challenge the attitudes, values, and behaviors of men that harm their own health, safety, and wellbeing and that of women and children.

2. Encourage men to become actively involved in preventing gender-based violence, the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS, and unwanted pregnancies.

To achieve its goals, the MAP program is now working globally in various countries. Our MAP program will be following a specific manual created to be used in Ghana. PEPFAR has also recognized MAP as a Gender Norms Initiative to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.

Action Plan

  1. Use the MAP manual to develop your itinerary.
  2. Write the PEPFAR proposal after developing your budget, including the cost of securing the venue.
  3. Develop a list of invitees.
  4. Buy supplies and organize the venue.
  5. Have the workshop.


  • Requested Funds = $129 (70% of total)
For chairs, minerals (refreshments), biscuits (snacks), folders, notebooks, pens, tape and printing fees.
  • Community Contributions = $52 (30% of total)
For Flip charts, markers, condoms (boxes) and wooden penises.

PC Resources

  • Men As Partners (MAP) Manual (Request from Accra office.)

Project Reflection and Sustainability

  • It is beneficial to have both a female and male PCV organize the workshop to add a different perspective to a lot of the issues that are discussed.
  • Keep the workshops small (20-25 men) and have more than one if you have a lot of people interested.
  • In addition, invite an array of men; from their 20s to 70s; fathers and sons; married and bachelors; with and without children; farmers, shop keepers, preachers, etc.. The more diversified the group, the more issues that will be brought to light.
  • The workshop was given in English and that also really help because there wasn't a translator constantly repeating everything.