IGWG Update on Gender Synchronized Programs

In 2010, USAID funded the writing and publication of a report on the emerging concept of “gender synchronization.” The basic idea of Synchronizing Gender Strategies: A Cooperative Approach 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. It is asking too much to expect gender relations to be transformed by programs that work on one aspect of gender alone, or on masculinity or femininity in isolation.

The Gender Synchronization report was published at a moment when many program designers and managers were converging on the need to broaden their work to address gender inequalities. The report crystallized thinking about gender transformative programming and how the field could be more ambitious in addressing gender inequalities.

As the field has evolved, readers over the past few years have highlighted some areas in which the thinking is now clearer or more developed. In addition, many more programs now work with men and women, address patriarchy, homophobia and its connections with misogyny, and so on.

We need your help in identifying the many new synchronized programs and expanding our scope beyond the binary, including descriptions of programs that address homophobia and transphobia. Please share your program experiences with us by responding to the questions below to gendersynch@greeneworks.org by November 16th.

Please answer the following questions about a gender synchronized program on which you have worked or a program you would like to suggest is gender synchronized. Thank you for your participation.

  1. What is the name of the program and when was it developed/implemented?
  2. What is its purpose? (Please specify the desired health outcomes, as well as desired gender outcomes if they are explicit)
  3. Does this program address gender inequality? Please explain how.
  4. Is it gender transformative?
  5. Has the program been evaluated? Were both gender and sectoral outcomes evaluated?
  6. Please provide any other information you feel is relevant about this program, including any links to reports or publications, and contact information for the program’s developers.

If you know of any other gender synchronized programs, please provide information here and any contact information for the program’s developers.

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