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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

#Nurses are a fundamental part of providing safe, accessible, and affordable health care around the world. MOMENTUM helps to build the capacity of #HealthWorkers—including nurses—to transform the future of health care for #MomAndBaby. #IND2021 #VoiceToLead

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Overview

Every day, an estimated 5,400 people become infected with HIV globally, and more than 1 million contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Currently, an estimated 37 million people are living with HIV, more than two-thirds of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa. While new cases have been reported in all regions of the world, approximately 68% are in Sub-Saharan Africa and 40% of all new infections happen among people under the age of 25. Women account for more than half the total number of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Clearly, the need for quality HIV, AIDS, and STI services is more important than ever.

While HIV treatment is becoming more widely available globally, such treatment still eludes many people living in the world’s poorest communities. Health care systems in many developing countries struggle to provide even basic health services. Although many more people have started HIV care and treatment in the past few years, there are still many challenges; not only is medication often unavailable in some places, but there are not adequate numbers of health care providers trained to help clients prevent HIV or STIs or to treat or counsel men and women living with HIV or AIDS. Additionally, health workers often discriminate against people living with HIV and perpetuate the stigma surrounding HIV in their workplaces and communities.

EngenderHealth is addressing these inequities in care by training health care providers, improving health services, and advocating for national policies that respond to the needs of people living with HIV. EngenderHealth is:

By joining forces with government health ministries, community-based organizations, and local health facilities, EngenderHealth is implementing HIV and AIDS programs that are effective and sustainable in countries such as KenyaTanzania, and Uganda, among others.

Recently, the CHAMPION Project worked for six years to increase men’s positive involvement in preventing the spread of HIV in Tanzania. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the project took a holistic approach to HIV prevention and addresses the underlying gender issues that drive HIV transmission. Over the life of the project, CHAMPION reached more than 345,000 individuals with HIV and reproductive health interventions, and over 260,000 individuals with interventions for preventing gender-based violence. CHAMPION’s campaign against gender-based violence received the prestigious Avon Global Communications Award. Watch videos and read more about it on the project’s page.

EngenderHealth is a key partner on the new Sauti-TZ project, led by Jhpiego, which began in early 2015. Sauti-TZ is working to provide services to key and vulnerable populations in support of Tanzania’s commitment to HIV prevention. The populations that are the focus of Sauti-TZ activities include sex workers, men who have sex with men, young women aged 15–24, men in mobile populations, and male clients of sex workers.

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