Men As Partners: South African Men Respond To Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS


Date: January 8, 2010
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The settings and specifics may vary, but the scenes described take place every day in communities all across South Africa. In South Africa, like in many parts of the world, men all too often act in ways that contribute to a variety of public health problems such as domestic and sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, spiraling rates of HIV/AIDS, and high rates of maternal and infant mortality. However, as these vignettes also make clear, men can, and often do, play a critical role in promoting gender equity, preventing violence and fostering sexual and reproductive health. Spurred
by the recognition that men’s attitudes and behaviors can either impede or promote sexual and reproductive health, many sexual and reproductive health organizations across the world have launched initiatives to encourage positive male involvement.

This paper describes one such initiative-the Men as Partners (MAP) program in South Africa. Developed in 1998 as a collaboration between New York based EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International) and Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa (PPASA), MAP works with men to promote gender equity in order to foster the sexual
and reproductive health of both women and men.

 


Publisher: Family Violence Prevention Fund
Year of Publication: 2002

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