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Social norms – the often unspoken rules that govern behavior – shape the trajectories of young people’s lives. The impact on young people of harmful social norms, such as expectations related to gender-based violence, early marriage and early parenthood, is receiving increasing attention and programmatic efforts are underway to shift these norms. These efforts present […]

Report | Adolescents

Growing Up GREAT! adapts elements of two tested models—Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformations (GREAT) from northern Uganda and GrowUp Smart from Rwanda—for an urban DRC setting. Growing up GREAT! applies an ecological perspective addressing spheres of influence—individual, family, school, community—that most affect early adolescent life experiences. It consists of a toolkit of age-tailored, gender-transformative materials exploring SRH, GBV, and […]

Publication | Passages Project | Adolescents

Transforming Social Norms for Sexual and Reproductive Health

project | Adolescents | Family Planning

Violence against women and violence against children in Uganda are recognized as significant public health concerns. Exposure to violence at home as a child can increase the likelihood of perpetrating or experiencing violence later in life. These two forms of violence share similar risk factors and often, but not always, co-occur at the household level. […]

Journal Article | REAL Fathers Initiative | Adolescents | Gender Equality

Chimene Mulutu and her husband Christian made a choice that broke the mold for newly married youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): they decided to use contraception to delay having their first child.

Blog | Passages Project | Adolescents | Family Planning

Helene is part of Passages, a USAID-funded project that aims to take on the underlying challenges to sexual and reproductive health not only by working with adolescents but also by addressing the attitudes and expectations of community members who can help young people achieve their dreams or limit their horizons.

Blog | Passages Project | Adolescents | Family Planning

IRH teamed up with Search Institute to explore the links between individual and social assets and sexual and reproductive health of very young adolescents.

Blog | Adolescents | Fertility Awareness | Gender Equality | Family Planning

To inform the Passages Project’s overall vision and strategy, the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University conducted a stakeholder analysis, “Collaborating to Advance Normative Change for Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health: A Global Stakeholder Analysis to Survey the Landscape and Guide Collaboration and Action,” consisting of 147 online surveys and 21 in-depth interviews with stakeholders in […]

Report | Passages Project | Adolescents | Strategic Scale-up

The community mobilization process engages and empowers leaders — such as elected councilors, clergy, and teachers — to drive the change they want to see.

Blog | GREAT Project | Adolescents | Family Planning | Gender Equality

The Passages consortium hosted a technical consultation of experts on February 29 – March 1, 2016 to provide guidance to the Passages project regarding its potential contributions in: (1) advancing measurement of social norm change in research and program evaluation, (2) good practice in developing and implementing effective, scalable normative interventions, (3) selection of two promises normative interventions for scale-up practice technical support.

Report | Passages Project | Adolescents | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation | Strategic Scale-up