Gender Competency for Family Planning Providers: Addressing Gender-Based Violence is a 13-item module of a larger framework. This module assesses a provider's ability to recognize and appropriately address a client's experience with gender-based violence.
Geographies Tested: Ghana,Uganda
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
1. Family planning providers should know the signs and symptoms of gender-based violence.
2. I can tell when a client is experiencing physical or emotional abuse and needs support for gender-based violence.
3. To protect a client, I am able to describe contraceptive methods a client can use without her partner or other people knowing about it.
4. Some family planning choices can expose people to gender-based violence.
5. Through my counseling I can help clients make family planning choices that keep them safe from gender-based violence.
6. Providers not formally trained in gender-based violence counseling should refer clients experiencing violence to other trained counselors.
7. Providers who are not trained in gender-based violence counseling might accidentally create additional harm by counseling clients experiencing violence.
8. I know where to refer a client for services if they show signs of experiencing gender-based violence.
9. When I suspect a client is experiencing gender-based violence, I am comfortable starting a conversation with them about it.
10. I am confused by laws related to gender-based violence and how they apply to my clients.*
11. Family planning counseling should explain a client's right to be treated with respect and be free from threats, violence, or coercion.
12. Talking to clients about gender-based violence should not be a responsibility of family planning providers.*
13. A male provider making a woman use a contraceptive method when she not not want is a form of violence.
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, between 0-52. 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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