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[Originally posted by the Georgetown Global Health Initiative here.]   A popular Akan proverb – Prayɛ, sɛ woyi baako a na ebu; wokabomu a emmu – extols the power of several broomsticks working together. While I have known this saying for much of my life and appreciated the idea of strength in unity that it evokes, it took […]

Blog | Gender Equality | Adolescents

Too often, adolescents and their parents are unequipped to deal with the rapid transformation of adolescence – a critical period when young people navigate the physical and emotional changes of puberty while they assume adult roles and responsibilities. Adolescents’ ability to develop positive relationships and make healthy choices during this time is heavily influenced by […]

Blog | Passages Project | Gender Equality | Adolescents

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 […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

In rural Nepal, traditional gender norms contribute to a lack of opportunity for woman and girls and limit their access to reproductive health services. Early adolescence provides provides a key opportunity to shift these harmful norms. Choices, Voices, Promises is a package of interventions developed by Save the Children to improve gender equity among very young […]

Journal Article | Adolescents

Published in Culture, Health and Sexuality, this article provides a framework to identify the resources, institutions, and processes that shape adolescents’ gendered choices and behaviors. This understanding can be used to inform decisions about when and where to intervene with program and policy levers. The article results from a qualitative, longitudinal study conducted in tandem […]

Journal Article | GREAT Project | Gender Equality | Adolescents

“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” –Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, 2015

Blog | Passages Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

[Originally posted on the PSI Impact blog here.] Instances of early pregnancy, gender-based and intimate partner violence, and child marriage are an unfortunate reality for millions of women. In many settings, sustained improvements in family planning and sexual and reproductive health will only be obtained by addressing the social norms—unspoken rules that govern behavior—that inhibit family planning […]

Blog | Passages Project | Adolescents | Gender Equality

Marta Pirzadeh, MPH, is Senior Technical Officer in Research Utilization at FHI 360. She has over fifteen years of experience in the public health field with a primary focus on youth, maternal and infant health, HIV prevention, and sexual and reproductive health programming. The quintessential question “why reinvent the wheel?” can be applied to many […]

Blog | Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change | Adolescents

Grandmother Project’s Holistic Girls Development intervention is one of two programs selected by the Passages Project for realist evaluations and technical assistance. After success in the Kolda Department in Senegal, the intervention is being scaled up in a new area with a different ethnic group. Working alongside the project’s implementers and stakeholders, the Passages team is […]

Blog | Passages Project | Strategic Scale-up | Adolescents

The Passages Project team hosted a research and implementation forum with colleagues from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal on Tuesday, July 17 2018.

Social norms researchers and implementers from Save the Children, the Institute for Reproductive Health, Tearfund, Eglise du Christ au Congo, The Grandmother Project, and the John Hopkins University Global Early Adolescent Study shared results and experiences from their work and discussed how their findings can inform program activities and measurement of social norms interventions for reproductive health.

Publication | Passages Project | Family Planning | Gender Equality | Adolescents