This cluster randomized controlled trial evaluated the impact of CHARM2, a gender-synchronized, gender equity-focused family planning (FP) intervention for young married couples to promote uptake of reversible contraceptives and healthy spacing and timing of births in India. The intervention led to improved FP use, reproductive agency, and contraceptive communication.
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 commentary discusses barriers to family planning measures, development, and use, and outlines recommendations to address challenges. Some challenges include: Leveraging existing and routine data collection opportunities; supporting surveys with other methodologies including qualitative and mixed-method observational studies; and evaluations and investments to increase cross-disciplinary collaborations.
This study aimed to explore factors that elicit jealousy among Somali refugees in the Bokolmayo Refugee camp in Ethiopia, and the pathways leading from jealousy to intimate partner violence (IPV) against women and men, to inform interventions. The study found that addressing conflict and relationship dynamics in polygynous households and in humanitarian settings may require specialized content, acknowledging the complex interactions and resource allocation between co-wives.
This commentary argues that while women and girls and men and boys are all affected by the current mental health crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis among men warrants close attention given potential impacts on global public health and the unique, gendered responses required to meet men’s needs. Along with their call to address social and economic vulnerabilities exacerbated during the pandemic, the authors provide examples of evidence-based, scalable interventions to support men’s mental health.
This study examines how mental health is approached in current literature on child marriage. Findings highlight that while significant emotional distress and specific mental health conditions are linked to child marriage, gaps in our understanding remain. The article also outlines a series of community-oriented interventions that blend psychological, social, and structural support to promote mental health and wellbeing in the context of child marriage.
Conducted in urban Kampala, this study examines the complex contexts within which women make decisions about reporting domestic violence. Based on an intersecting theoretical lens of structural violence, power, and the body, findings suggested that women reported to formal structures primarily for severe physical or economic abuse; women did not report less severe abuse, and often abandoned reporting even severe abuse. Yet, while overwhelmingly women were discouraged from reporting domestic abuse, there were important signs of change.