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Transgender men and other gender-nonconforming people need access to safe #abortions too. https://t.co/zD2hCrRKeE #LGBTQ+ #PrideMonth #SRHR

EngenderHealth welcomes this! Through our Re:MIX program, we are developing innovative, science-based programs and curricula to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young people in Texas. https://t.co/F8SlIix2GU #SexEd #SRHR

We are proud to have worked closely with @BloombergDotOrg to strengthen maternal health services in Tanzania!

Today, EngenderHealth celebrates #DayoftheAfricanChild! Together, with @WorldEd and the @StateDept, we are educating youth to combat gender-based violence through the Essential #GBV Prevention and Services Project. #DAC2019

.@Inspire_SRHR: When trans men & women are excluded from conversations around pregnancy, abortion, and contraception, reproductive health becomes yet another obstacle that trans-people have to overcome. https://t.co/YMytBJab83 #Pride #LGBTQ+

EngenderHealth, @WorldEd, and the @StateDept are equipping secondary school students in Malawi with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to combat #SRGBV. #DAC2019

Through the Essential #GBV Services and Prevention Project, EngenderHealth and @WorldEd are helping to educate youth in Malawi on gender-based violence. #DAC2019 @StateDept

20% of #midwives have to look for other means of income on top of their full-time midwifery jobs and 37% of midwives have experienced harassment. #maternalhealth https://t.co/BxlUqYVv3C via @devex

5 million families spend about 40% of their household expenses on #maternalhealth services every year. https://t.co/vDpml2IYJn via @UNICEF

Study: When new fathers are given paid time off, it improves the #postpartum health of new mothers. https://t.co/c1Phsa3OpU #maternalhealth

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Enabling Environment

A range of interlinked sociocultural, economic, and policy factors influence both the functioning and sustainability of health services, as well as social norms and practices related to health, including FP. An enabling environment for FP requires equitable policies; adequate resources; good governance, management, and accountability; and supportive social norms, including the transformation of inequitable gender norms. If these needs are not addressed during program design and implementation, investments in supply and demand interventions may be neither effective in the short term nor sustainable over time.

Strong and effective leadership is crucial for creating an enabling environment at all levels of the health system and within the community to support and advance FP/SRH. This leadership is needed to promote evidence-based policies, guidelines, and approaches; support the allocation of human and financial resources for FP/SRH; ensure that the health system has the capacity to provide quality services; and challenge social and gender norms that may adversely affect an individual’s SRH.

Pivotal to fostering an enabling environment is the need to engage governments, communities, and other members of civil society to move discourse about FP/SRH from the private to the public realm. This encourages discussion and recognition of FP/SRH as both a public health and a rights issue, wherein everyone has a stake in ensuring sexual and reproductive well-being.

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