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Meet the 2021 3rd @TzHealthSummit Youth Capacity Building Program facilitators: @RehemaGeorge7 and @MasakoPrudence (@EngenderHealth); @Theddylp (@HealiTZambia), and yours truly (@Jhpiego). Pls show some ❤️ to these selfless #leaders I was blessed to work alongside🙏🏽

Honored to have facilitated the 3rd @TzHealthSummit youth capacity building program alongside @Theddylp @charleswanga. Proud to have been part of nurturing other youth leaders to take up space in the world and cement themselves #THS2021 @EngenderHealth @YouthDeliver

J'ai eu l'honneur d'aborder la thématique des violences domestiques en #CIV225 avec @Sylvia_Apata sur les ondes de Radio Yopougon et notamment le projet de lois relatif à la protection des victimes de violences domestiques.
#ProjetLoiVBG
#TousUnis

@EngenderHealth @CACi225

"This has become an ideological issue. As countries become more partisan, as countries become more ideological on each side, women's bodies are used as a pawn in this war between two parties or three parties."
#SRHR #ReproductiveRights

http://ow.ly/es7Q50Gr5Wr

"...[CSE programs]reinforce our human rights to autonomy, teach youth that sexual violence is not ok & provide young people with information about how to recognize and respond to sexual violence if it were to happen in the future." 💯 🙌 👏
http://ow.ly/Qlsh50Gqptk

Today, 400,000 Nigerian women—representing 40% of obstetric #fistula cases worldwide—wait for corrective surgery. In #Nigeria, MOMENTUM Safe Surgery is partnering w/ gov't, institutions, and local organizations to confront this preventable problem. @USAIDNigeria @PaulineKTallen

Salma advocates to end stigma & discrimination against people living w/ HIV in #Tanzania. She uses skills learned through the Boresha Afya project funded by @USAIDTanzania & administered by @EGPAF in partnership with EngenderHealth & the Tanzania Ministry of Health. #DayoftheGirl

In response to #Pandemics we need Public Private partnerships in cofinancing the health sector so that no one is left behind.

Dr. @MasakoPrudence from @EngenderHealth
#THS2021

Today in the US is #IndigenousPeoplesDay, which celebrates the contributions, diverse cultures, and resiliency of Indigenous people. Learn more about the holiday & what it means to 5 Indigenous women and two-spirit people.

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Members of our team are presenting at the Tanzania Health Summit this week. Follow along and watch the conference live on YouTube. #THS2021 #Tanzania

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Our Framework for Achieving Gender Equality

We are committed to achieving gender equality through sexual and reproductive health and rights programs that ensure equity and compensate for historical and social disadvantages that have prevented women and girls from operating on a level playing field. Our approaches are tailored to the individual women and girls we serve, accounting for their unique experiences and the environments in which they live.

We work through gender-equitable approaches to ensure women and girls can access quality sexual and reproductive health information and services. Ensuring equitable access means often means encouraging self-reflection among EngenderHealth staff members, facility-based health providers, community health workers, and the communities in which women and girls live to challenge their own stereotypes and biases and contribute to gender-transformative change.

Our Approach to Gender-Equitable Programming

Building Agency. Through our programs, we aspire for women and girls to take charge of their own bodies and their own lives, to take purposeful action and pursue their sexual and reproductive health-related intentions, free from fear or backlash. We build the agency of women and girls by ensuring their access to:

  • Age- and context-specific sexual and reproductive health-related knowledge inclusive of information about contraception, safe abortion, safe pregnancy, antenatal care, postnatal care, and gender-based violence
  • Age- and context-specific sexual and reproductive health-related skills inclusive of effective communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Age- and context-specific sexual and reproductive health-related decision-making power inclusive of use of contraception, having children, going for an abortion
  • Opportunities for leadership inclusive of self-esteem, self-confidence, and personal aspiration

Transforming Structures: Through our programs, we ensure that the structures and systems that women and girls routinely interact with (health, education, legal, community) are conducive to the empowerment of women and girls. Our engagement includes:

  • Working with civil society networks to advocate for gender equality in sexual and reproductive health-related laws and policies
  • Working with governments to build capacities of health facility and health systems staff in provision of sexual and reproductive health services with a gender lens
  • Working with community-based groups to change unjust gender and social norms that affect access to sexual and reproductive health and rights

Changing Relations. Women and girls often must negotiate their sexual and reproductive-related goals and intentions with their partners, family members, peers, and other immediate influencers. Through our programs, we seek to change power dynamics and relations through approaches including:

  • Engagement of men and boys, including adaptation of EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners approach with a clear focus on gender-transformative messaging, and working with groups of men, adolescent boys, and male champions to challenge unjust gender and social norms
  • Engagement of families on equitable decision making related to contraception and abortion
  • Engagement of women and girls in self-help groups to build collective movements for championing and advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights

The Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Marker: A Tool for Internal Reflection & Change

EngenderHealth’s Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Marker* is an internal accountability and monitoring tool that helps programs to assess the degree of gender and youth integration within our programs. This helps teams to track, improve, and support gender and youth transformative approaches. The Marker grades programs based on five critical criteria—analysis, activities, participation, negative effects, and monitoring and evaluation—using Gender Integration and Youth Integration Continuums (below). Program teams are encouraged to use the tool during all phases, from design to implementation to evaluation.

Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Marker arrows

*The Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Marker is adapted from two global gender markers—CARE International’s Gender Marker and the European Commission’s Gender and Age Marker. Youth integration refers to the integration of all young people (inclusive of adolescents and youth) ages 10-24. For ease of reference, the tool is called the youth marker but is inclusive of and calls attention to the integration of adolescents and youth.

 

Read more about our Global Strategy for Gender-Transformative Programs.

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