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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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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

#Nurses are a fundamental part of providing safe, accessible, and affordable health care around the world. MOMENTUM helps to build the capacity of #HealthWorkers—including nurses—to transform the future of health care for #MomAndBaby. #IND2021 #VoiceToLead

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COVID-19: Overview

It is critical that we continue to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crises such as pandemics often exacerbate existing gender inequalities and can have devastating impacts on women, girls, and vulnerable populations, especially in the low- and middle-income countries where we work.

History has taught us about the importance of SRHR during times of crisis. It’s when access to contraceptives may be interrupted, resulting in unintended pregnancies; when schools close down, culminating in an uptick in adolescent pregnancy; when gender-based violence incidents increase due to people being more likely to be stuck in an unsafe home situation; and when women and girls face heightened risks to their physical and mental health due to a larger caregiver burden.

We have already seen evidence of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care being de-prioritized or otherwise limited as governments mobilize to address the pandemic. Reasons include:

  • SRH care not being deemed essential
  • Providers who normally offer SRH care being diverted to the COVID-19 response
  • Providers not wanting to deplete scarce supplies of personal protective equipment
  • Rooms usually designated for contraceptive counseling and services being repurposed for isolation of possible COVID-19 patients
  • Stockouts of contraceptives and other SRH supplies

Despite these challenges, EngenderHealth will continue to implement high-quality, gender-equitable SRHR programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis while working closely with governments and other development partners globally, regionally, and across our program countries to support pandemic preparedness and response efforts.

 

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