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A wave of youth-led feminism is spreading across West and Central Africa (WCA). How can EngenderHealth and other iNGOs partner with #youth activists and feminist orgs in #WCA to advance #SRHR?

Check out our brief on supporting feminist actors in WCA ▶️ http://bit.ly/WCABrief-EH

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

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Male Circumcision

Recent research has proven that adult male circumcision reduces the risk of female to male HIV transmission by more than 50%. The World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recognize male circumcision as an important HIV prevention method.

With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), EngenderHealth is collaborating with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and other partners to improve and expand voluntary adult male circumcision services in Nyanza, the Kenyan province with the highest number of people living with HIV and the lowest male circumcision rate. Our activities there include:

  • Training health workers to provide safe and high-quality circumcision services in hygienic settings and under conditions of informed consent and confidentiality
  • Strengthening health systems and making sure equipment and supplies are readily available
  • Offering male circumcision in conjunction with HIV testing and counseling and risk reduction counseling
  • Raising awareness of male circumcision in a culturally sensitive manner by distributing educational information and condoms.

In Tanzania, EngenderHealth is implementing a pilot project in the Mwanza region that will inform the government’s plans to expand male circumcision services throughout the country. Our work there includes:

  • Assessing attitudes of health workers and community members toward HIV and male circumcision
  • Addressing the clinical, operational, and structural needs of the regional hospital
  • Training key medical staff at the regional hospital to provide safe, quality male circumcision services
  • Assisting the hospital to conduct quality monitoring and evaluation of circumcision services.

EngenderHealth is also co-leading several studies on the safety and efficacy of the Shang Ring, a novel device that has the potential to revolutionize male circumcision services in Africa, thereby reducing the spread of HIV. Our partners on these efforts include Weill Cornell Medical College and Family Health International. The most recent research indicates that “the Shang Ring has an excellent safety profile and that Shang Ring circumcision is relatively easy to teach and learn”.

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