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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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January 28, 2021

EngenderHealth Welcomes Repeal of Global Gag Rule, Urges Biden/Harris Administration to Take More Steps to Ensure Health and Rights

January 28, 2021 (Washington, DC)—The removal of the Global Gag Rule by the Biden administration is an important and welcomed step for improving US support for reproductive and women’s health around the world. The rule—significantly expanded by the previous administration—prohibited foreign NGOs receiving US government assistance from providing information, referrals, or services for legal abortion, or advocating to reduce legal restrictions on abortion in their countries, using their own, non-US government funds to do so. These prohibitions forced organizations to make a choice between receiving US funding and providing comprehensive reproductive health information and services. The repeal of the rule is essential for reproductive health and justice, but not sufficient: further action is necessary.

EngenderHealth President & CEO, Traci L. Baird, said, “We have seen the harm caused by the Global Gag Rule each time it has been implemented. Clinics close, services stop, and people die. While purportedly designed to reduce abortion, the policy actually increases the number of unsafe abortions and limits access to a wide range of essential services, including HIV screening and treatment, cancer prevention and screening, and contraceptive counseling and services. The repeal of this bad policy is a necessary first step. We look forward to the rest of this journey for reproductive health and justice.”

With the rescinding of the Global Gag Rule, organizations can begin to address the harms that the policy caused during the past four years, and rebuild the counseling, referral, and service programs that communities need and people deserve. EngenderHealth will continue to work with communities and organizations in countries around the world to ensure people have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services.

The repeal of the Global Gag Rule is a significant first step, and it is part of a package of changes designed to uphold sexual and reproductive health and rights and address health disparities. In the weeks ahead, the Administration and Congress must work together to ensure US laws and policies support sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice domestically and abroad. A clear plan for achieving these goals has been laid out in the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.

About EngenderHealth

EngenderHealth envisions a gender-equal world where all people achieve their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). To reach that vision, we implement high-quality, gender-equitable programs that advance SRHR, which we define broadly to include contraceptive counseling and services, maternal health, comprehensive sexuality education, gender-based violence prevention and counseling, comprehensive abortion care, and more. EngenderHealth collaborates with governments, private sector partners, international experts, and local organizations and communities to reach marginalized groups—including girls, women, and gender minorities; adolescents and youth; people with disabilities; economically disadvantaged groups; and rural and other hard-to-reach populations. www.engenderhealth.org

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