IGWG 2016 Review and Looking Forward

2016 was an event filled year for the IGWG. Below is a summary of our events and products:

This past year the IGWG hosted an exciting year-long event series exploring gender-based violence and youth. Each event focused on the unique effects and challenges of gender-based violence at every life stage. Dr. Rebecca Lundgren of IRH and Susan Hillis of the CDC shared research showing early exposure to GBV and IPV in children and adolescents increases their risk of chronic diseases as adults. With Dr. Stacey Gage of Tulane University we learned about a new research study on dating violence from Haiti. We also explored the role of parenting interventions to prevent and stop violence featuring Mark Tomlinson and Kim Ashburn. The fourth and final event wrapped up the year with school-based interventions highlighting the work of Julie Hanson-Swanson and Ravi Verma.

At the end of October, the IGWG held its annual Plenary Event with over 80 participants and 30 organizations represented. The Plenary showcased the Gender Synchronization update to be published in 2017 and research developments in Male Contraceptive Use: It also launched the revitalized Male Engagement Task Force. The highlight of the Plenary was the ever popular “Bonus Round” featuring the work of eight gender and development efforts.

2017 will be an exciting year for us as we are planning for new products and a much needed update to the IGWG website. As always we are open to any feedback you may have on how the community of practice can better serve you. 

  • IGWG Update on Gender Synchronized Programs
    In 2010, USAID funded the writing and publication of "Synchronizing Gender Strategies: A Cooperative Approach," which focused on the basic idea of is that it is often necessary to address gender inequalities by working with more than one population or dimension of gender, e.g., efforts to empower women may be reinforced by sensitizing men, addressing homophobia, building solidarity among adolescents, and so on.
  • Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle
    The Global Health Initiative has issued new guidance on the women, girls, and gender equality principle to address the gender-related inequalities and disparities.
  • Guide for Managing and Conducting Gender Assessments
    The United States government has strengthened requirements to conduct gender assessments to inform and shape invest-ments in international development. But what does it mean to conduct a gender assessment? How do you get started? This practical guide will help.
  • What Is Gender? And Why Is It Important?
    What exactly do gender and gender equality mean, and how can a gender-based perspective help achieve health and development goals?
  • Gender-Based Violence Against the Transgender Community Is Underreported
    The Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, 2011, and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 2011, are important opportunities to address the serious but often-ignored issue of gender-based violence (GBV) against transgender persons. The status of the transgender population has important implications for the progress toward gender equality and other human rights.
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The IGWG promotes gender equity within population, health, and nutrition programs with the goal of improving reproductive health/HIV/AIDS outcomes and fostering sustainable development.

Established in 1997, the IGWG is a network comprising nongovernmental organizations, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), cooperating agencies, and the Bureau for Global Health of USAID.