Gender Competency for Family Planning Providers: Engaging Men and Boys as Partners is a 13-item module of a larger framework. This module assesses a provider's ability to engage men and boys as partners in family planning with the recognition that they can be supportive partners to women and can be potential users of family planning themselves.
Geographies Tested: Ghana,Uganda
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
1. Beliefs about gender, including how men and women should act, can lead to unequal control over family planning decisions.
2. There are ways to include men in family planning counseling without compromising a woman's choice.
3. Male partners should also be responsible for family planning by using a method themselves or providing support to their partner.
4. In some cases, including men in family planning services can support continued method use.
5. I should only invite a woman's partner to their family planning session if she wants me to.
6. Family planning should address myths about how method use affects fertility, sexual pleasure, and behavior for women and men.
7. Men can be users of contraceptive methods themselves-they are not only for women.
8. There is no point talking to men about family planning unless I have condoms at the clinic.*
9. Men should be aware of all forms of contraception, even though most methods are used by women.
10. Holding community dialogues with men about family planning is important to support family planning services.
11. Talking with male community leaders about family planning is important to support family planning services.
12. In some cases, including men in family planning decisions can improve the couple's satisfaction with method choice.
13. I can counsel male clients about vasectomy as a contraceptive method and provide referrals if necessary.
Strongly agree - 4
Agree - 3
Disagree - 2
Strongly disagree - 1
*Items are reverse scored.
The score of each individual item is added to create the total scale score. Score less than 42 are considered low gender competency. Scores 42-46 are medium competency and above 46 is high gender competency.
Andrinopoulos, K., McGuire, C., Namisango, E., Dako-Gyeke, P., Reisz, T., & Wisniewski, J. (2023). A provider self-assessment tool to measure gender competency for family planning services. https://www.data4impactproject.org/publications/gender-competency-tool-guidance/
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