September 5, 2017 | 11:42 am | By Lillian Ojanduru, Qualitative Research Coordinator, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University Uganda
Where I live in Uganda, people often think reproductive health is a “private” issue that should not be discussed openly in the community. Open, reflective dialogue can be difficult due to cultural, social and gender norms that have taught us not to speak of sensitive topics like menstruation out loud to others. In Karamoja region of Uganda, where less than 1 in 10 women are using a modern method of family planning, Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project’s EDEAN intervention is using theatre performances to bring conversations about fertility and reproductive health to communities. I want to share what I’ve learned about our approach and the importance of engaging youth in the process.
August 22, 2017 | 5:36 pm | Nokafu Sandra Chipanta, Program Officer
In Nepal today, while fertility rates are slowly decreasing, the average woman still has more children than she desires. Marginalized women—such as Janajati, Dalit, or Muslims—face higher barriers to health care services and information about fertility and reproductive health than Nepali women from non-marginalized communities.
Addressing norms together: Reflections from the Francophone Africa community of practice launch in Kinshasa, DRC
August 1, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Courtney J. McLarnon-Silk and Mariam Diakite
“Nous sommes une grande famille, maintenant” / “Together, we’re one big family, now” – Many of our regional members! On June 28 and 29 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), over 30 regional members joined together for the kick-off convening meeting of the Francophone Africa regional community of practice on the scale-up of normative change for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH). Nine countries were represented—DRC, Mali, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Sénégal, Chad, Benin and Cameroon—with participants from government ministries, USAID Missions, international, local, and community-based local non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.