The 2023 Plenary highlighted research examining gender inequities faced by health workers and showcased promising practices and lessons learned from innovative programs working to address gender barriers in the health system workplace. The Plenary aimed to better equip IGWG members to examine gender inequity in their own organizations and to promote more equitable and inclusive workplaces—both within and outside the health system.Read More
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See below for the latest happening in the IGWG.
Globally, one in six people has experienced some form of infertility in their lifetime. Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa bears the greatest burden of period infertility, likely tied to higher rates of pregnancy-related complications and untreated sexually transmitted infections. Despite these consequences, infertility-related experiences and stigma in sub-Saharan Africa are rarely studied or addressed, leading to a limited context-specific evidence base to inform policy and programming. Read More
Despite increasing calls for gender transformative programs to systematically incorporate intersectionality as a core principle, program implementers and gender advocates still grapple with how best to integrate intersectional considerations in their efforts to advance gender equality for all individuals. This gender knowledge exchange event, held on June 20, 2023, explored strategies and approaches to applying an intersectional lens to gender transformative health programming, research, and advocacy efforts.Read More
On May 18, 2023, the IGWG’s Male Engagement Task Force hosted a learning and exchange session focusing on best practices for engaging men and boys across different health areas. The event, with more than 175 attendees, showcased best practices for male engagement and included an overview of tools and frameworks relevant for the health sector such as the METF-developed "DO’s and DON’Ts for Engaging Men and Boys." Read More
This meeting report shares key takeaways from the Interagency Gender Working Group’s (IGWG) Gender-Based Violence Task Force event “Exploring the Impact of Reproductive Coercion on Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes,” focusing on program implementation challenges and emerging issues in reproductive coercion, as well as promising practices for addressing reproductive coercion. The report also offers recommendations for program implementers, researchers, and governments, donors, and multi-lateral institutions that emerged from the discussion.Read More
On September 13, 2022, the Interagency Gender Working Group’s Male Engagement Task Force (METF) hosted the webinar “Positive Youth Development in Health Programming: How Does Engaging Boys and Young Men Fit In? A Technical Marketplace.” More than 100 participants from around the world—including Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria—participated in discussions on how gender transformative positive youth development (PYD) contributes to positive health behaviors related to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH); HIV/AIDS; gender-based violence; maternal, newborn, and child health; and infectious disease prevention and treatment.Read More