Screening and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Healthcare Settings

Nurse and young mother at Tumaini maternity clinic in Nairobi

Over the course of 2015, the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) completed its series on “Screening and Responding to GBV in Health Care Settings.” Begun with 16 Days of Activism in December 2015,  each event focused on a different aspect of screening and response and provided a forum where expert panelists with first-hand experience shared their insights-- from screening protocols, to training of  health care workers,  making referrals work, and involving the public sector.

  • 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.