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Advancing #genderequality requires ending violence against women & girls. That’s why we’ve supported the development of #GBV response guidelines in multiple countries & built the capacity of providers to provide high-quality GBV care. (1/2)

Building health worker capacity is critical for improving access to sexual and #reprohealth services, including fistula prevention and treatment.

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EngenderHealth's Adolescent Girl Champions intervention is significant because it is an innovative, scalable model that builds on and collaborates with existing public health infrastructure, while empowering adolescent girls.

-@ZoyaAliRizvi, Deputy Commissioner @MoHFW_INDIA

It's not just about young people as beneficiaries of programs. We must frame youth as leaders, informants, and change-makers in programs aimed to improve their health, says Anand Sinha, @PackardFdn India Country Representative.

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Health disparities for girls are prominent at all ages & levels of society–for newborns, youth, and adults. We must come together and talk about this issue as one society, says Roopa, an Adolescent Girl Champion in our @UNICEFIndia-supported initiative.

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The three adolescent girls speaking about their experience supporting families and their community are a wonderful example of the enormous power of young people! #LetGirlsLead https://twitter.com/engenderhealth/status/1367439637527072769

“I am a girl, and I am getting the opportunity to save another girl.”

Muskaan, an Adolescent Girl Champion in our @UNICEFIndia-supported initiative, explains why she chose to participate in the program during the "She Helps Her Thrive" event.

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Investing in adolescent girls as champions of health in their communities yields triple benefits, improving:

➡️Health of children
➡️Adult health trajectories
➡️Health of the next generation

Says Luigi D’Aquino, @UNICEFIndia Chief of Health, at our She Helps Her Thrive webinar.

“Adolescent girls have a real potential to be change agents in their communities,” says Dr. Ajay Khera, India Country Representative

With support from @UNICEF, EngenderHealth engaged adolescent girls as champions of newborn girl care in India. Learn more: http://bit.ly/AGCs-Resources

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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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