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Are you at #ICFP2018? The @EngenderHealth booth (#33) is buzzing with inspiring commitments to #familyplanning. Stop by to share yours! #ICFPYouth

We're pleased to announce the launch of REDI: A Client-Centered Counseling Framework. REDI offers a comprehensive approach and training curriculum to strengthen counseling for #contraception. https://t.co/MxNz8W1Kj6 #ICFP2018 #familyplanning #reprohealth #ICFPYouth #SRHR

@IYAFP @ICFP2018 We are so glad Herman Nsamba is participating in #ICFPyouth. If you see Herman, ask him about his work in Uganda with @EngenderHealth, transforming lives and communities through peer outreach on #familyplanning. #ICFP2018

We’re proud to deliver 9 sessions and 25 poster presentations at #ICFP2018 that showcase our commitment to access, excellence, and impact in #familyplanning. For presentation topics and schedule, click here: https://t.co/US1QHR5TzQ #ICFP

We’re excited to be at the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda this week to share and learn with #familyplanning colleagues and to celebrate 75 years of working in the sector. Follow along: https://t.co/US1QHR5TzQ #ICFP2018 #ICFPYouth

We were thrilled to co-host an #ICFPYouth session today on storytelling for #reprohealth with the amazing young leaders at Public Health Ambassadors Uganda. 📸 @phauganda #ICFP2018 @ICFP2018

Today's #ICFPyouth discussions are inspiring: transparency, honesty/realness, commitment, leadership, and goal-setting for effective #familypanning. #ICFP2018

Postabortion #familyplanning is a proven high impact practice. Hear more from @EngenderHealth @IpasOrg @MarieStopes at the #ICFP2018 oral presentation on Nov 13 at 16:20, titled Sense or sensibility. Read more at #HIPs4FP. https://t.co/a1j33aJcL8

"The FP2020 regional workshops are a really tiny slice of what’s possible at #ICFP2018." Read more from FP2020's Youth Engagement Manager, Emily Sullivan, on young people and #ICFP2018: https://t.co/ENeQVzhHsr #FPVoices

We are excited to be be included among @GlobalHlth5050 #CelebratingChange list of orgs committed to improving #genderequity in #globalhealth! Great to read what other #GH505Challenge orgs are doing. We can all do better & create change! https://t.co/zphNQVefXE

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Overview

Gender influences women’s and men’s health in fundamental ways; harmful and rigid expectations about what men and women can or should do can place both women’s and men’s health at risk. For example, gender norms that define men as strong may discourage them from seeking health services as they might view asking for help from a nurse or doctor as a sign of weakness. Similarly, norms characterizing women as submissive can undermine their ability to negotiate condom use with male partners. Other consequences associated with the complex interplay of harmful gender norms include depression, gender-based violence (GBV), early marriage, unintended pregnancy, and increased risk of HIV.

EngenderHealth seeks to ensure that every program has taken steps to address how gender inequalities impact their programs and desired health outcomes.

Since 1996, we have pioneered programs that challenge gender inequities and transform gender norms in ways that promote health and social justice (using gender-transformative strategies). For example, our Men As Partners® program engages men and boys to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women. This award-winning approach has been implemented in more than 30 countries across Asia and Africa and in the United States.

In addition, we are implementing gender programs that purposefully promote equality among both men/boys and women/girls, with the understanding that both sexes need to be engaged in redefining gender norms within their communities. This gender-synchronized approach is unique, as most gender programs focus on just men or women. To date, we have implemented and evaluated successful gender-synchronized programs in Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and the United States.

EngenderHealth also undertakes broader advocacy efforts, including our role as a founding member of MenEngage, a global alliance committed to research, interventions, and policy efforts aimed at engaging men and boys in gender equality.

Current gender activities include:

Burundi: We are working to prevent and respond to GBV by engaging men and boys; training health care sites to better provide GBV services; and supporting improved national coordination of GBV response and prevention efforts, among other activities.

Tanzania: We are currently a partner in an HIV project working toward reducing vulnerabilities for men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and adolescent girls. We also increased men’s involvement in HIV prevention by reducing high-risk sexual behaviors, promoting fidelity, reducing men’s number of sexual partners, eliminating GBV, and increasing the use of sexual and reproductive health services.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Research: We have developed IPV prevention curricula for men, women, and couples as part of two randomized controlled trials, in Tanzania (with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and in Ethiopia (with J-PAL). Both studies are ongoing; results will be available by 2017.

Texas: We are working with adolescents to address teen pregnancy prevention by looking at the impacts of gender norms on sexual behaviors.

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