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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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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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COVID-19: Operational Response

EngenderHealth is working to protect the wellbeing of our staff, support our communities, and continue to provide our partners and programs with exceptional engagement and assistance. Our immediate priority remains the health and safety of our staff. For more than 75 years, our staff members have been the backbone of our work to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. We have taken the following measures to ensure that they and their families remain safe during this uncertain time:

  • Suspending all travel
  • Instituting work from home practices for staff based on government guidance in each country
  • Working with office managers and human resources staff to ensure we support staff who are in roles that do not lend themselves to working from home
  • Asking staff to refrain from attending in-person meetings and gatherings
  • Ensuring staff are supported if they are sick or need to care for a sick family member
  • Recommending that staff follow community guidelines on physical distancing

Still, EngenderHealth’s critical work to implement high-quality, gender-equitable programs will continue—people need contraceptive services, safe abortions, HIV and cancer screenings, and support if experiencing violence. Our teams in our African and Asian country offices are working with their government and local partners to determine how we can best accomplish our workplans and support the immediate needs of the providers and communities we serve.

 

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