Season 6 of the Inside the FP Story podcast will discuss the fundamentals of sexual and reproductive health—going beyond the sometimes-narrow definition of "family planning" to discuss issues like HIV, menstrual health, and self-care. The season features practical examples and experiences from community members, health providers, and program implementers from diverse settings to put research and programs into context.
Our training materials can be used to introduce a broad range of audiences and backgrounds to important concepts related to gender and health. Each training course focuses on one of five themes that complement the CORE Gender 101 agenda: Gender Integration, HIV + Sexuality, Safe Motherhood, Gender-Based Violence, and Constructive Male Engagement. The courses are designed to meet the geographic and technical needs of cooperating agencies, USAID Missions, and specific projects. Materials range from basics such as using a shared gender vocabulary and programmatic guidance, to user guides on how to conduct a gender analysis, to exercises for gender trainings. The trainings are geared to be used by anyone and with any audience, even those learning about gender for the first time!
Our popular Gender Integration Continuum framework is an important tool to assess how programs do (or do not) address gender and move them toward more gender-transformative actions. An updated User’s Guide for facilitating training on use of the continuum is available, along with other materials.
This blog post asserts that to help women—especially young women—empower themselves to choose contraceptive options, governments, the private sector, schools, and other institutions and individuals with the ability to change women’s lives should foster environments allowing them to be active agents of their own lives. This requires changing social norms so that gender equality is a reality; guaranteeing educational and employment opportunities that help level the playing ground for women and girls; and providing access to capital for women’s small businesses, agriculture, and other opportunities.
This tool provides a method for measuring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of individual providers in six domains of gender competency: gender sensitive communication, promoting individual agency, supporting legal rights and status related to family planning, engaging men and boys as partners, facilitating positive couples’ communication and cooperative decision making, and addressing gender-based violence. By completing this self-assessment, providers can determine their current level of gender competency, and thereby identify areas of strength and weakness in each domain.
The Common Framework for Tracking Government Spending on Family Planning (FP) is an approach that holds governments accountable for meeting their commitments to fund FP supplies and service. Data collected using the Common Framework are summarized in FP budget scorecards, easy-to-understand visual snapshots that illustrate how much governments are actually allocating and spending on FP, as well as how transparent the government is in making FP budget data available to the public. This blog captures the experiences of four organizations using the FP budget scorecards to present findings and achieve their advocacy goals.
This season of Inside the FP Story, family planning program implementers, health providers, and community members explore the reasons why an intersectional lens is necessary for sexual and reproductive health programs, including family planning. Also, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) clients share how their identities have led to unique needs, challenges, and opportunities obtaining FP/RH services—and offer recommendations for better meeting their needs.
This document, also available in French, profiles some of MOMENTUM’s dynamic youth partners working across different geographies and contexts in South Asia and West and East Africa. These partners aim to increase health knowledge and demand for health services, shift social and gender norms in their communities, improve access to quality health services, and create adolescent-responsive systems across the humanitarian-development nexus.