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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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The CHAMPION Project

The CHAMPION Project was an innovative six-year initiative (2008-2014) 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.

Because of power imbalances in sexual relationships, women are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. More than half of the 1.4 million people living with HIV in Tanzania are women. To lessen the impact of HIV on women and to improve the health of both women and men, gender-related behavior and roles need to be addressed. CHAMPION worked closely with the Government of Tanzania, local partners, and communities across Tanzania to reduce men’s high-risk sexual behaviors by:

  • Reducing men’s high-risk behaviors
  • Promoting fidelity and a reduction in the number of sexual partners
  • Eliminating gender-based violence
  • Increasing men’s participation in health services

CHAMPION built on EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners and HIV programs and involved collaboration with FHI 360 and diverse local partners, including the Tanzania Commission for AIDS, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, and soccer clubs.

Key Project Achievements

Over the life of the project, CHAMPION reached over 345,000 individuals with HIV and reproductive health interventions, and over 260,000 individuals with gender-based violence prevention interventions.

CHAMPION’s programming principles, strategic approach, and utilization of best practices provided the foundation for effective programs that contributed to the achievement of the project’s goal. These achievements have been highlighted in 16 project briefs, available below as PDF files.

  1. Channeling Men’s Positive Involvement in the National HIV/AIDS Response in Tanzania: An Overview of the CHAMPION Project
  2. Engaging Men As Partners in Health: Promoting Equitable Gender Norms through Male Engagement in Tanzania
  3. CoupleConnect: A Gender-Transformative Approach to HIV Prevention for Tanzanian Couples
  4. Empowering Communities to Lead: Strengthening Community Capacity to Challenge Gender Norms, Reduce HIV Risk, and Improve Reproductive Health in Tanzania
  5. Community Matters: Fostering Community-Level Champions in Addressing HIV and Gender-Based Violence in Tanzania
  6. Vunja Ukimya, Zungumza na Mwenzio: A Mass Media Campaign to Motivate Couples to Communicate Effectively for HIV-Free Households
  7. Healthy Men, Healthy Families: Promoting Positive Health-Seeking Behavior among Men through Male-Friendly Health Services
  8. CHAMPION@Work for Tanzania: A Comprehensive, Gender-Transformative Approach to Preventing HIV through the World of Wor
  9. CHAMPION@Work for the Millennium Challenge Account —Tanzania: Expanding Workplace HIV Interventions to Mobile Workers
  10. Tanzania Works: Advocacy Recommendations for Stronger Gender-Responsive Workplace HIV and AIDS Policies
  11. Prevention through Partnership: The Tripartite Plus Forum for HIV and AIDS and the World of Work in Tanzania
  12. MenEngage Tanzania: Building a Community of Practice for Engaging Men in Health and Gender Equity
  13. Advancing Tanzania’s National HIV and AIDS Agenda: Advocacy Approaches to Mainstreaming Gender in HIV-Related Laws and Policies
  14. Championing Gender Equality: The CHAMPION Project’s Gender-Based Violence Prevention Interventions
  15. Kuwa Mfano wa Kuigwa (Be a Role Model): A Gender-Transformative Campaign to Reduce Social Acceptance of Intimate Partner Violence
  16. Breaking Barriers, Creating Pathways: Understanding Help-Seeking among Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Tanzania

In 2013, CHAMPION’s campaign against gender-based violence received the prestigious Avon Global Communications Award.

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