Gender and Development

What is MAP?

MAP stands for Men As Partners. It's a program that works to bring about gender equity by engaging men in dialogue, activities and trainings to encouraging them to partner with women in girls on pressing gender issues.

Through MAP inspired activities and events, we hope to build advocacy networks among male participants, who are equipped to share the message of gender equality as an effective tool for development. 

Read through the information below, check out the MAP manuals, and contact your GAD members to learn how you can participate and carry out MAP related activities.

How MAP Works

The concept behind MAP is simple; in order to improve the lives of women and girls, men must be involved. Pursuing gender equality in a traditional, patriarchal society needs to include male involvement for positive and lasting change.

MAP seeks to highlight men’s roles as change agents, especially in societies where they often have the capacity to influence and make important life decisions (health care, education, marriage, etc.) for their wives, sisters and daughters.  MAP seeks to mobilize men to be constructive leaders and promoters of gender equality.

MAP Covers Topics Like:

  • Gender and Power
  • Sexuality
  • Health (Family Planning, etc)
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Masculinity
  • HIV/AIDS, STI Prevention
  • Violence (Gender Based Violence  (GBV))
  • Paternity
  • Being A Change Agent


MAP is Adaptable - MAP can be adapted to address issues specific to your community. Here are just a few examples of how volunteers brought MAP into their work in Burkina:

  • 2013 MAP Conference; held a TOT for male participants on how to be partners and advocates for gender equality. Facilitated sessions on HIV/AIDS, family planning, gender roles, GBV, and victim advocacy and more.
  • Village Cozé Sessions; shared tea and talked with high school males about gender roles and norms, multiple sexual partners and transactional sex. Cozé and discuss any MAP-related topic with a group of young men for one or more meetings.
  • Class Lessons; adapted lessons to incorporate language about gender equality, gender roles and relationships. Introduced vocabulary, reading passages and posed questions that touched on MAP topics.
  • Condom Demonstrations; demystified condoms and promoted condom usage through condom demonstrations. Taught technique for using both male and female condoms.
  • HIV/AIDS Counselor Guest Speakers; invited a HCN to speak on a pressing topic such as stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS.


Why Gender Equality?

Countless studies have shown that if you want to develop a nation, you need to promote gender equality. What is gender equality? It is a combination of efforts that aim at bringing about equal treatment, access and rights for both genders so that men and women, boys and girls can contribute to their society through live healthy and productive lives.


Questions about MAP? Contact Julie Gilbertson, with ideas or questions.

Join us April 7-10, 2014

The Gender and Development Committee (GAD) is sponsoring the Second Annual Women's Health and Leadership Conference (WHLC) from April 7-10, 2014.  We are inviting twelve Peace Corps Volunteers and their twelve female Burkinabe partners to come together for four days of training and empowerment.  The goal of the conference is to bolster women's knowledge of common health concerns in Burkina Faso and inspire them with the confidence that they need to share their gained knowledge and skills with their community.  

WHLC Emphasizes

  • Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Malaria
  • Family Planning
  • Safe Motherhood
  • Women's Rights and Leadership

Considering Attending WHLC?

Do you have a friend at site, co-worker, or even tantie who you're considering recommending to attend the conference? Here are some things to consider when selecting your candidate:  

  • Female, 18 or older,
  • French speaking,
  • Dynamic and highly motivated; a woman who is influential in her community,
  • Comfortable talking about taboo or sensitive topics in groups,
  • Change agent; demonstrates a willingness to share information learned. 

Applications for the 2014 WHLC Conference are now available, ===

Submit to by March 1, 2014. Questions? Contact Jamie

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