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At the @EngenderHealth session, audience members described their experiences with iatrogenic #fistula, noting the greater challenges of both diagnosis & surgical repair. @FistulaCare Plus is drawing attention to increasing iatrogenic fistula & the importance of #csectionsafety.

At #WACS2020, our @FistulaCare Plus Director, Vandana Tripathi, presented on increasing iatrogenic #fistula related to unsafe cesarean section.
To #EndFistula by 2030, we must protect surgical safety while increasing access to quality emergency obstetric care.

#csectionsafety

Une enquête de ménage conduite en 2018 de l'étude #PMA2020 montre que 209.380 à 288.252 femmes âgées de 15 à 49 ans ont eu recours chaque année à l'avortement et la majorité est pratiquée dans des conditions clandestines #RESOnance #MaputoProtocol #DSSR #civ225 #LesFemmesVeulent

Prof. Serigne Gueye, Pres. of WACS, & Vandana Tripathi, our @Fistulacare Plus Director, formed a new partnership with the goal to end #fistula in W. Africa.
We hope to ensure health providers have the skills, credentials & support they need to end fistula.
#WACS2020 #WomensHealth

On the opening day of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference in Nigeria, our @fistulacare Plus Director, Vandana Tripathi, launched an MoU to strengthen the health workforce for #fistula care in West Africa.

#WACS2020 #WomensHealth

Congratulations to our Tanzania Country Representative, @MasakoPrudence, who was honored by the World Women Leadership Congress as a Pioneering Leader!

#WomeninGlobalHealth #WomenLeaders

Congratulations @IntraHealth for appointing Polly as your new president and CEO. Welcome, Polly! @EngenderHealth looks forward to continuing our collaboration under Polly's leadership (and I look forward to staying in touch with @pgaye as he transitions to his new role). https://t.co/8WwmOEHSow

Thanks to our supporters for caring about sexual & reproductive health & rights and #genderequality. Today and every day at @EngenderHealth, we strive to spread more equality, humanity, and love. 🧡🧡🧡
Happy Valentines's Day!

#ValentinesDay #SRHR #Equality #Humanity #Love

Congrats to @NutritionIntl on their new #Tanzania office in #Dodoma! 🎉

📸 left to right:
1) Hon. @selemani_jafo, @NutritionIntl Pres. & CEO Joel Spicer
2) @NutritionIntl Tanzania Director Dr. Daniel Nyagawa, @EngenderHealth Country Rep. Prudence Masako, Joel Spicer

Women in crisis settings want & need #familyplanning. Working together is key to meet the challenge. #WeAreFP2020

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August 12, 2019

Comprehensive Life Skills Education: Youth Transforming Gender Norms

On this International Youth Day, EngenderHealth celebrates the importance of comprehensive life skills education (CLSE) for adolescents and youth to support them in exercising their rights to gender-equitable sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and participating as equal members in society.

One example of our youth focus is in our work in the Afar region of Ethiopia, where EngenderHealth and its partners are committed to putting adolescents and youth at the center of what we do. We meet them where they are with critical SRH information and services. Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and implemented in collaboration with Amref Health Africa, Triggerise and Philips Health Africa, the A’Ago project seeks to improve SRH outcomes of young people.

Samira and Rediet

Samira and Rediet

A key project strategy for us has been to listen. We listen to adolescent girls like Samira and Rediet, who, at 13 and 14 years old, have big dreams and aspirations for themselves. We support their learning and growth through comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education that tackles a variety of topics, including body changes during puberty, friendships and relationships, emotional ups and downs, harmful traditional practices, and early and unintended pregnancy. We support adolescent girls like Samira and Rediet to help them explore these topics through interactive activities and discussions to reflect on, challenge, and ultimately change harmful gender and other social norms that limit the potential of adolescent girls to become leaders and change agents within their communities.

Tesfahun and Henok

Tesfahun and Henok

Engaging adolescent boys in our work is crucial, recognizing that they are partners and supporters of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Adolescent boys in the Afar region like Tesfahun and Henok are becoming advocates for SRHR within their communities by exploring what have traditionally been considered women’s and girls’ issues, like menstruation and female genital cutting (FGC). This exploration process is facilitated by in-school and out-of-school opportunities that provide safe spaces to learn and critically reflect on SRHR topics that are important to them and their communities.

In addition to working directly with adolescents and youth, we engage key stakeholders in the Afar region to create an enabling environment for young people to exercise their SRHR. We know that power dynamics and formalized structures of power can both positively and negatively impact access to SRHR for adolescents. As a result, we engage religious leaders, health care providers, teachers, and other community leaders to end harmful traditional practices like FGC and promote full access to a range of SRH information and services.

If we are ever to reach gender equality, as governments around the world set forth as one of the top goals in the Sustainable Development Goals, adolescents and youth must be at the center of SRHR programs and must lead the change and transformation within their communities. This change and transformation can only happen if they are equipped with accurate and age-appropriate information about their SRHR, including information about sexuality, FGC, child marriage, contraception, and safe abortion.

Let’s transform our education systems to include key life skills training and SRHR information so that all adolescents and youth can live up to their full potentials and contribute equally in society. Adolescents and youth can transform inequitable gender norms and advance gender equality both in and through SRHR programming.

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