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Today we honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & his tireless efforts to advance civil rights and social justice.

EngenderHealth is committed to advancing gender equality in & through its sexual & reproductive health and rights programming.

Although #Tanzania recently lifted the ban on adolescent mothers in school, girls still do not have a guaranteed right to education. Country Rep @MasakoPrudence shares her recommendations for how Tanzania can make education accessible & inclusive.

While child marriage still disproportionately impacts girls, UNICEF estimates that 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children.

So proud of @EngenderHealth for incorporating gender analysis and DNH into our work, including our work on safe surgery/fistula. Great leadership on our analysis framework by @renugolwalkar. We are always happy to share and discuss - reach out if you would like to engage on this! https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1479483194550497283

Although Mexico’s Supreme Court effectively decriminalized abortion last year, abortion rights are still not guaranteed across the country. Marea Verde, a collective of feminists, is working to change that. #AbortionRights #Mexico

#MaternalMentalHealthMatters! It’s a human rights and health equity issue.

This new analysis from MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership shows the need for #MentalHealth services for women before, during, and after birth 🤰🏽 🤱🏽 https://bit.ly/3q9KK6Q

It’s estimated that 100s of thousands of women & girls are still living with #fistula. We’ve been working to #endfistula for over 15 years, including supporting over 45,200 fistula repairs & training for over 370 surgeons & 34,800 other healthcare workers.

MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics utilizes our GYSI Analysis Framework & Toolkit and Do No Harm Framework to integrate #gender into its work. Learn more about how @USAID_MOMENTUM includes gender in its programs in a new brief.


Starting this month, Seychelles will make menstrual products available for free in secondary schools. 🙌

This month we’re highlighting how EngenderHealth works with and through governments and communities to strengthen health systems to be more resilient, sustainable, and equitable.

Learn more about our approach to health systems strengthening ➡️ http://ow.ly/6pRG50HmoZA

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December 31, 2021

2021: A Year in Review

As 2021 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite blog posts from this year across several broad themes. These themes were reflected in our work throughout 2021 and will continue to play a role in our operations and programming going forward. We hope you enjoy revisiting these posts as much as we did.

Sharing our Values and Policies

In June, EngenderHealth President and CEO Traci L. Baird wrote a post announcing our updated organizational values, which are reflection, inclusion, integrity, respect, and transformation. She also wrote about our efforts to increase transparency around our policies by ensuring they are available online. In addition, Traci shared results from our organizational pay gap analysis, which we further reflected on in a post for International Equal Pay Day in September.

Quoted text "Our goal in establishing our organizational values is twofold: we want our values to help set the organization’s culture of how we do things, and we want to remind ourselves and convey to others what we prioritize and how we make decisions about our work." Attribution Traci L. Baird, EngenderHealth President and CEO

Reconsidering Language

In April, Principal Writer Editor Amy Agarwal wrote about the challenging process of creating EngenderHealth’s language guides on topics in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) field. In October, she followed up with two additional posts on language. Amy first shared five approaches she recommends to employ inclusive, respectful language. Then, later that month, she co-wrote a post with Liz Futrell, SRHR senior writer for Pathfinder International, about both organizations’ journeys toward reimagining language and communications for global health.

The headshot of a woman with long dark hair on the left side. On the right side white text on a magenta background reads "The words we choose and the language we use have the power to affect the people and the world around us." Amy Agarwal, Principal Writer and Editor

Working to End Fistula

In May, ahead of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, we shared EngenderHealth’s long history of work in fistula care, which has supported more than 45,000 fistula repairs since 2005. We’re now building upon this work through the USAID-funded MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics project. In September, we highlighted how this program focuses on expanding access to quality surgical obstetric care as a critical component of safe and respectful childbirth. Then, during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), we shared an interview with Dr. Vandana Tripathi, director of MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics, which focused on the importance of integrating GBV screening with health services and fistula care.

A quote on a magenta background "“When childbirth is complicated, and surgery is required, it’s essential that we continue to provide respectful care to women and their families, including counseling, informed consent, and debriefing after surgical procedures.”

Strengthening Youth Engagement

This spring, we shared results from our project in India that aimed to improve the survival of newborn girls in the state of Bihar by engaging Adolescent Girl Champions. Then, over the summer, Ana Aguilera, deputy director for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health for EngenderHealth, and Pragya Singh, program coordinator for CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, wrote a pair of blog posts about the organizations’ partnership. The two first shared how EngenderHealth engaged CHOICE to improve our ability to work meaningfully with young people across our programming. Then, they later highlighted some key lessons learned from the process. Finally, in September, we also shared how our program, A Rights-Based Approach for Enhancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Ethiopia, is working to improve health equity by engaging with young people in Addis Ababa through a variety of approaches.

Transforming Gender Norms

In April, Malayah Harper, director of SRHR, and Dr. Sunita Singal, deputy country representative and technical director for India, wrote about how EngenderHealth incorporates gender-transformative and inclusive programming in its health systems strengthening work. In June, we highlighted why engaging men and boys to challenge negative notions of masculinity and improve gender equality is a vital part of our approach to preventing and addressing GBV. In November, Tanzania made news when it lifted a ban on adolescent mothers attending school. Country Representative for Tanzania Prudence Masako shared the story of one of her classmates whose education was derailed by the ban and her recommendations for ensuring access to education for all girls in the country.

A photo of a woman with her hair pulled back, wearing an orange print jacket on the left. On the right, white text on a magenta background reads "Lifting this ban is not the end; it is the beginning of a new journey of transformation for our education system and our society." Beneath that white text reads "Prudence Masako" with an orange line under it and below that white text reads "Country Representative for Tanzania, EngenderHealth" The EngenderHealth logo is in the bottom right corner.

Of course, these posts only capture a snapshot of our work over the past year. We published many other stories covering additional initiatives, challenges, and achievements in 2021, all of which are available on our blog.

Looking ahead to 2022, we remain committed to working with our partners to advance gender equality through sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. We hope you’ll continue to follow along with us in the new year.

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