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Today we honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & his tireless efforts to advance civil rights and social justice.

EngenderHealth is committed to advancing gender equality in & through its sexual & reproductive health and rights programming.

Although #Tanzania recently lifted the ban on adolescent mothers in school, girls still do not have a guaranteed right to education. Country Rep @MasakoPrudence shares her recommendations for how Tanzania can make education accessible & inclusive.
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While child marriage still disproportionately impacts girls, UNICEF estimates that 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children.
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So proud of @EngenderHealth for incorporating gender analysis and DNH into our work, including our work on safe surgery/fistula. Great leadership on our analysis framework by @renugolwalkar. We are always happy to share and discuss - reach out if you would like to engage on this! https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1479483194550497283

Although Mexico’s Supreme Court effectively decriminalized abortion last year, abortion rights are still not guaranteed across the country. Marea Verde, a collective of feminists, is working to change that. #AbortionRights #Mexico
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#MaternalMentalHealthMatters! It’s a human rights and health equity issue.

This new analysis from MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership shows the need for #MentalHealth services for women before, during, and after birth 🤰🏽 🤱🏽 https://bit.ly/3q9KK6Q

It’s estimated that 100s of thousands of women & girls are still living with #fistula. We’ve been working to #endfistula for over 15 years, including supporting over 45,200 fistula repairs & training for over 370 surgeons & 34,800 other healthcare workers.
http://ow.ly/9gC650Hp82W

MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics utilizes our GYSI Analysis Framework & Toolkit and Do No Harm Framework to integrate #gender into its work. Learn more about how @USAID_MOMENTUM includes gender in its programs in a new brief.

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Starting this month, Seychelles will make menstrual products available for free in secondary schools. 🙌
#MenstrualEquity
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This month we’re highlighting how EngenderHealth works with and through governments and communities to strengthen health systems to be more resilient, sustainable, and equitable.

Learn more about our approach to health systems strengthening ➡️ http://ow.ly/6pRG50HmoZA

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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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