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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

#UbuntuSymposium

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!👏👏

🚨30 MINUTES🚨

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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Stories

Over more than 70 years, EngenderHealth has helped millions of women and their families have better lives. As you read through just a few of these stories from clients and healthcare workers, you will understand our impact even more.

 

Greater Hope in the Fight to End Fistula

Through the Fistula Care Plus Project, women like Kadiatou Diallo are able to restore their health and dignity. Read her story.


Standing Up Against Child Marriage

With the help of an EngenderHealth supported program, Manisha was able to evade child marriage in India. Read her story.


Tackling Gender-Based Violence and Promoting Gender Equality

Through EngenderHealth’s vocational training program in Malawi, Bertha Namala was able to obtain the skills she needs to support her family. Read her story.


“Contraception Helped Turn My Life Around”

Sheila, a 25-year-old woman in India, said, “I am happy that there are organizations that train medical practitioners and work at the very grassroots of society to change the lives of girls and women.” Read her story.


Empowering Women with Choices to Plan Their Futures

Meet Michaelle and Rose, two women who have come to a community health center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to receive free contraceptives and family planning advice and counseling. “Family planning will enable me to work and take care of my kids,” Rose says. Read their story.


A Renewed Opportunity to Pursue Her Dreams

Fortunately for Belle Fille, a nurse at the hospital counseled her about fistula repair surgery and referred her to services provided at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read her story.


A Young Couple Uses and Promotes Family Planning in Their Community

Kizza and Katusemi, residents of the Hoima District of Uganda, were in their late teens when they married. Five years later, they have two healthy little girls. Kizza, a farmer, and Katusemi, a nursery school teacher, are happy in life. Read their story.


Men Play a Role in Women’s Health

Balor Rahman Babul, a vasectomy client in India, has become an outspoken supporter of this family planning method. “I feel it is my responsibility to speak about the method, and I know that as a folksinger, when I sing about this method, people are more receptive.” Read his story.


Bringing Peace to “Homes, Communities, and Countries”

During a visit to EngenderHealth’s U.S. headquarters, Burundi Program Manager Ida Ntawundora sat down to talk about Burundians Responding Against Violence and Inequality (BRAVI), a project that aims to improve efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence. Read her interview.


Diary of a Family Planning Counselor: Empowering Women and Saving Their Lives

Meet Tigist Terefe, who sees family planning as one way to empower women in Ethiopia. By reducing maternal mortality and ensuring that families can afford to educate all of their children, including girls, women’s ability to access economic opportunities will grow. Read her story.


In Their Own Words: Stories from Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh

Fatema Begum has worked at the Versatile Apparel garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for many years. In addition to her regular duties, she now has a special role: She is a peer educator teaching other garment workers about family planning. It is part of a pioneering program from EngenderHealth to provide family planning services onsite at garment factories. Read her story.


Julia Ramadhani: Sharing Her Story to Save Others’ Lives

Julia, a resident of Mwanza, Tanzania, said, “I was almost dying, were it not for the postabortion care services at Sekou Toure. With this family planning method, I now know that I am safe from unwanted pregnancies.” Having benefited from the advantages of planning, she is now a strong advocate for choice and empowerment. Read her story.


Police Officer Daisylou Oñes: A Spark for Positive Change

Meet Daisylou Oñes, who believes that family planning has made a big difference in her life and in the lives of those she cares for. “I grew up in a family of 11 children. My husband has eight siblings. Although our parents tried hard, they had to prioritize our needs… I do not want my children to experience the adversities that we endured. That’s why we opted for family planning.” Read her story.


Sarah: A Young Woman Gives Back to Help Others

Sarah Weaver was only 19 when she realized that she was pregnant. She remembered, “I didn’t know about the options that I had—whether it was birth control before I got pregnant or clinic-based services afterwards to make sure that I stay healthy.” Life came back full circle for Sarah when she became a peer educator for the Re:MIX program with EngenderHealth in Austin, Texas. Read her story.

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