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A wave of youth-led feminism is spreading across West and Central Africa (WCA). How can EngenderHealth and other iNGOs partner with #youth activists and feminist orgs in #WCA to advance #SRHR?

Check out our brief on supporting feminist actors in WCA ▶️ http://bit.ly/WCABrief-EH

OPCU Director Marie Ba (@MissBa) will appear Friday, May 14th at 2:45 pm GMT, on @_51percent on @France24_en to discuss topics related the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in West Africa and beyond. Don't miss it.

The @Rutgers_INTL Gender-Transformative Approaches (GTA) Toolkit provides guidance for integrating GTA into communities, comprehensive sexuality education, youth friendly services, advocacy, and institutions, says @jeroenlorist (@RutgersNL).

View it here: http://bit.ly/Rutgers-GTA

"Rutgers knows it's crucial to engage men for gender justice, but also that only using this approach is binary & heteronormative. Therefore, we also focus on sexual & gender diversity to ensure the rights of marginalized groups are respected & fulfilled."

-@reyDP from @RutgersID

➡️@renugolwalkar says to effectively engage men & boys, we must frame gender inequality as a societal problem.

"There is not a problem with men & boys that we are trying to fix. The problem is the prevalence of harmful gender norms and power dynamics at every level of society."

Nick Danforth, a lifelong #SRHR advocate who managed the institute that won Roe v. Wade, outlines two priorities for gender-transformative SRHR programs:

1️⃣ Build local management
2️⃣ Demonstrate engaging men is cost-effective through increased data collection


Renu Golwalkar, our Director of Gender, Youth & Social Inclusion, says gender-transformative change cannot be measured through contraception uptake or healthcare usage.

"The process is as important as the end goal. We must challenge existing gender stereotypes & power dynamics."

Why is engaging men important for achieving #GenderEquality?

Participants at our @MenEngage #UbuntuSymposium session say that change is more sustainable when all people are engaged, and that everyone has a stake in achieving gender equality because everyone benefits!👏👏


It’s not too late to register for our @MenEngage #UbuntuSymposium session with @Rutgers_INTL!

Join us for “The Past, Present, and Future of Engaging Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” at 9am ET (3pm CET/CAT) ➡️ http://bit.ly/EH-Rutgers-Session

Don't forget to register for "Amplify Her Voice!" - EngenderHealth's virtual fundraiser for sexual and reproductive health and rights ➡️ http://bit.ly/AmplifyHerVoice

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December 3, 2020

Working to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence in Communities Around the World

Working to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence in Communities Around the World

An EngenderHealth-supported social welfare worker in Tanzania counsels a GBV client. © Sala Lewis/EngenderHealth

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the world shines a spotlight on the tools essential for preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This issue is particularly poignant during the COVID-19 pandemic, when reports indicate an increase in SGBV, stemming from economic insecurity, reduced mobility, and millions of people being stuck at home, many in unsafe environments.

EngenderHealth’s SGBV work is rooted in our holistic approach to everything we do. We work to bring SGBV information into our sexual and reproductive health programs wherever possible, including supporting healthcare providers with the information they need to prevent and respond to GBV, assisting local partners to reach communities with SGBV information, working with communities to transform norms, and supporting governments and institutions as they build systems to reduce and respond to GBV.

The theme color for the 16 Days of Activism campaign is orange. Each year, we stand with partners around the world in the call to “Orange the World.” Below, we have shared a few snapshots of EngenderHealth’s work on GBV, illustrating the many ways we work to take on this important issue. We are part of a movement, and we believe that with collective action we can eliminate GBV in communities around the world.


Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

A woman in Côte d’Ivoire holds a GBV awareness pamphlet handed out by EngenderHealth and La Ligue staff during the pandemic. © Karna Eugene/EngenderHealth

In Côte d’Ivoire, we have integrated GBV prevention and response into a wide variety of interventions and community activations. As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increases in GBV, we have found new ways to address this issue. EngenderHealth partnered in a program to distribute GBV awareness and prevention information as part of a public campaign to provide one million masks to Ivorians in the greatest need. We also supported a local feminist organization (La Ligue Ivoirienne des Droits des Femmes) to assist 50 GBV survivors with medication, sexual and reproductive health services and counseling, legal consultation, and psychological counseling.



Working to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence in Communities Around the World

A young woman in Malawi displays the new sewing machine she received after successfully completing an EngenderHealth-supported vocational course. © EngenderHealth

With support from the U.S. Department of State, EngenderHealth ran the Essential Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Services Project in Malawi for two years, with the overall goal of decreasing the incidence of GBV and increasing the coordination of GBV response across sectors. Among the many accomplishments of this program, we supported the development of court guidelines for managing GBV cases, oriented dozens of judiciary staff on GBV, and increased accessibility of judicial services by bringing them to communities through mobile courts. We targeted root causes of GBV by supporting community facilitators in addressing harmful traditional practices, working with 87 communities that resolved to eliminate harmful traditional practices, engaging with men and boys to promote positive masculinity, and providing vocational training to women and out-of-school girls.




Participants of EngenderHealth’s recent BRAVI program in Burundi campaigned against GBV on local radio. © EngenderHealth

EngenderHealth programs in Burundi have supported nearly 50 health facilities to provide gender-sensitive, non-judgmental, and integrated services for GBV survivors. We helped ensure care for more than 1,200 survivors of sexual violence and physical violence and contributed to the development of major policies and guidelines for an integrated GBV response at the national level. Today, we are working with our local partner, SWAA-Burundi, to transfer technical expertise in gender- and youth-sensitive GBV services, because we know that empowering local organizations promotes sustainable change.




An EngenderHealth-trained OBGYN doctor in India speaks to a young couple about sexual and reproductive health during the pandemic. © EngenderHealth

COVID-19 shutdowns in India forced rapid and dramatic changes across all aspects of life. The EngenderHealth team responded quickly, including developing new outreach mechanisms to connect with healthcare providers and community health workers by phone and through popular messaging services, such as WhatsApp, to be sure they were up to date on the latest pandemic-related information. The outreach was also an opportunity to ensure SRHR issues were top-of-mind for these essential health workers, and that they had current and accurate information related to topics such as contraceptive services, GBV, and adolescent health. Through these efforts, we reached more than 12,000 community health workers, known as ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists), to provide the information to help manage rising GBV cases.




An EngenderHealth-supported social welfare worker in Tanzania counsels a GBV client. © Sala Lewis/EngenderHealth

National policies and norms are essential for responding to and reducing the number of individual GBV cases. In Tanzania, EngenderHealth was proud to provide support to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in the recent development of the National Policy Guideline for Health Sector Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Children (VAC).


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