Steve Sortijas
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I was put to work on an ACQUIRE initiative on improving male involvement in family planning called Men As Partners (MAP). I was enlisted to help adapt the organization’s preexisting training curricula in order to reflect their goal of improving the capacities of service providers to address the needs of male clients. This required that I conduct a study to determine how comfortably and ably service providers currently respond to men. I participated in stakeholder meetings for developing the storylines of a nationally broadcast radio show called Mama Ushauri (“Mother Advice” in Kiswahili), which was now seeking to target men as potential family planning clients. I also met with writers of a popular young adult magazine called Femina, which is using print media, the internet, and now television to challenge traditional gender roles.