This blog post tells the story of Purity, a 13-year-old girl from northern Kenya, who wants to help girls and their parents in her community better understand the harmful repercussions of female genital mutilation and child marriage, and why girls should instead be enrolled in school.
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 discusses a special radio program in Nigeria that highlighted the need to communicate that, “an uncut girl is a healthy girl and is able to be a part of society without bearing the everlasting effects and pains of FGM [(female genital mutilation)].” The radio segment featured questions from local citizens on issues related to FGM and comments from guest speakers, including a midwife and a human rights lawyer.
This article discusses how couple-focused interventions provide an opportunity for gender-transformative programming. “If you focus on the couple and aim to change something in their relationship—like their quality of communication around family planning—you will likely get a better outcome,” states Eric Ramirez-Ferrero, technical director of Evidence to Action Project.