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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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Fistula Care

The Fistula Care project has ended, and its work is continued by the Fistula Care Plus project.

From 2007-2013, EngenderHealth led the largest US government-funded effort to date to focus on treatment and prevention of fistula. With support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Fistula Care implemented a full range of efforts to restore the dignity of women suffering from fistula and to address the causes of obstetric fistula so that new cases might be prevented.

Woman conducts counseling and health education on obstetric fistula.

Margret Nyakaisiki conducts counseling and health education on obstetric fistula.Photo: ©Frank Baguma

Fistula Care was managed and implemented by EngenderHealth in partnership with a host of international and national partners, including IntraHealth International, and public, private, non-governmental, and faith-based institutions in Africa and Asia. It addressed the enormous backlog of women awaiting life-altering fistula repair, ensuring that they received timely and quality care from trained providers, and it supported a network of facilities offering a continuum of services, from emergency obstetric care, referrals, and family planning, to complex fistula repairs and advanced surgical training.

The goals of the Fistula Care Project were to:

  • Establish or improve fistula services through a network of facilities that address prevention, simple repairs, and complex repairs
  • Develop, implement, and monitor standards, guidelines, and protocols for the prevention of fistula in the context of maternal health programs and for the care of women with fistula
  • Train surgical teams and strengthen the capacity of hospitals to provide optimal care for women with fistula
  • Prevent new cases of fistula by improving the quality of delivery and emergency obstetric care services and increasing access to family planning
  • Engage communities to change social norms and enable women to have timely access to maternal health care
  • Conduct research and collect and analyze data in order to improve the quality of current fistula services
  • Encourage a supportive policy environment for fistula repair services and prevention

UDSAID, Fistula Care Plus project, and EngenderHealth

Related Links

Sharing the Burden—Ugandan Women Speak About Obstetric Fistula 

Obstetric Fistula Digital Stories Facilitator’s Guide 

Educational Tools

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