In March, the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of IGWG launched an exciting year-long series on GBV and Youth to provide a space for dialogue on this crucial topic between child rights advocates and women’s health and rights advocates. Bringing these diverse communities of practice together provides an opportunity to examine the prevalence of and repercussions of GBV during the life cycle and to take an in-depth look at promising interventions that prevent and address GBV. The first two events explored the long-term effects of violence on adolescent development and the evaluation results of a GBV curriculum introduced at a high school in Haiti. The third event in the series took closer look at what we know about international development and parenting programs as an “upstream” approach to GBV prevention throughout the lifecycle, starting with prevention in early childhood. Documents and video of the most recent event are forthcoming.
  • 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.