Posted: Jan 24, 2019
Youth Clubs, Girls’ Empowerment and Gender Equality
This brief presents findings from four organizations that are implementing and researching youth clubs as a tool for girls’ empowerment and gender equality. All are doing so with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the Women and Girls at the Center of Development (WGCD) Grand Challenge. The lessons derived from their ongoing monitoring, evaluation and research are framed here to address gaps in evidence identified in Girls’ clubs, life skills programmes and girls’ well-being outcomes, a rigorous review of evidence from over forty clubs, primarily single-sex, conducted by the Overseas Development Institute’s Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) initiative. These preliminary findings can help to frame future research questions to increase the evidence base on effective club models.
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Posted: Sep 19, 2018
Increasing adoption of and adherence to effective HIV prevention among high-risk adolescent girls and young women
Qualitative Research Findings – August 2018
A brief update on the work being done by the Breaking the Cycle study to better understand and reach young people in South Africa with HIV testing, prevention and treatment. The presentation that you can download below, provides further insights on the following topics:
Prevention from an AGYW Perspective
- AGYW view HIV prevention in the context of broader sexual health and relationship management goals, not as a separate journey or priority.
- Messages associated with test and treat frame prevention as reactive.
- Effective HIV treatment could reduce perceived importance of HIV prevention.
- Preferences for prevention methods are not static.
Risk, Reward and Self-Control
- AGYW process risk and rewards as feelings, not cognitive assessments.
- Risk comes in transitory blips. Rewards of high-risk behaviour are ongoing.
- A negative HIV test result can reinforce high-risk behaviour by sending the message that the current approach is working.
- Prevention messaging needs to maintain a risk-reward balance.
- Early and continuous engagement is required to strengthen self-control among AGYW, including the ability to cope with downsides of different methods.
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- Negative views of AGYW and lack of empathy inhibit the effectiveness of positively-intentioned influencers.
- The desire among AGYW for a feeling of safety can be leveraged by protectors to help AGYW forward or hold them back from healthy sexual practices.
- A social support network to enable prevention practices is critical but often missing.
Posted: Apr 20, 2018
She knows best: Engaging girls in adolescent programming
With the support of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the International Rescue Committee piloted a new approach to increase access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care for adolescents in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. The report “She knows best: Engaging girls in adolescent programming” highlights the strategy developed to address foundational facility and community-level barriers that prevent adolescents from accessing and receiving quality SRH services.
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Posted: Mar 28, 2017
New technologies for women`s HIV prevention – The payoff for sustainable development
The world is in the midst of an exciting conversation about human development: What kind of future do we want for our planet, and what would it take to achieve this vision? As endorsed by the United Nations (UN), the bold new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared statement of what must happen to advance human development by 2030. Gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls will be critical to achieving the aspirations set forth in the SDGs. This sentiment is reflected in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action: “Let the 21st century be the century of women. … The empowerment and rights of girls and women must be at the heart of everything we do.” That imperative begins with ensuring the health and well-being of women and girls, which must be prioritized in any effort to encourage sustainable growth.
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Available at: http://www.ipmglobal.org/sites/default/files/attachments/publication/new_technologies_sustainable_development_may_2016.pdf
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Female genital mutilation/cutting- A mandatory reporting tool to support health professionals
Female genital mutilation or traditional cutting (FGM/C) affects an estimated 100 to 140 million women and girls worldwide. Every year approximately two million girls undergo the procedure, which is internationally recognised as a gender-based health and human rights violation. FGM/C is predominantly practiced in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle Eastern countries and in some parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Pakistan. Women and girls are increasingly migrating to Australia from countries where FGM/C is widely practiced, so we need to develop timely and culturally appropriate healthcare, support and community education. Specific communities affected by FGM/C are increasing in Melbourne’s western region.
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This tool has been designed for practitioners, midwives and other health professionals that work with women and families from communities who practice FGM/C. Early intervention during prenatal care, birth and the early years of childhood development can prevent FGM/C. Health practitioners can support parents to abandon the practice by working with families from affected communities to provide education, information and referral.