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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 […]

| Passages Project | Gender Equality | Adolescents

The REAL Fathers Initiative is a community-based mentoring program that works with young fathers (16-25 years old) who are parenting a child 1-3 years old. REAL aims to: Improve parenting attitudes and confidence in using nonviolent discipline Decrease use of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children Foster acceptance of non-traditional gender roles in […]

Publication | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in health and well-being requires scaling up successfully tested interventions that catalyze communities to reflect on and challenge existing social norms that lead to poor sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and youth. Unfortunately many pilot projects are conducted but few are scaled up. The USAID-funded Gender Roles, Equality and […]

Publication | GREAT Project | Adolescents | Gender Equality | Strategic Scale-up

Are you – or someone you know – one of the 500 participants who will be at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September? You won’t want to miss the exciting presentations, panels, and posters that IRH and our partners will showcase this year. 

Blog | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality

Transforming Masculinities is an evidence-based approach to promote gender equality and positive masculinities within faith communities. It is based upon the understanding that spiritual beliefs and faith leaders are part of the structure that shapes social and gender norms, and focuses on prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence. Known locally as Masculinité, Famille, […]

Publication | Passages Project | Family Planning | Gender Equality

[Originally posted on HC3’s HealthCOMpass blog here] When family planning use continues to be relatively low even when resources and information are available, it is vital to determine what is keeping families from using modern contraceptives.

Blog | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning | Gender Equality

[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

The standard approach for measuring unmet need for family planning calculates actual, physiological unmet need, and is useful for tracking changes at the population level. We propose to supplement it with an alternative approach that relies on individual perceptions, and can improve program design and implementation.  The proposed approach categorizes individuals by their perceived need […]

Journal Article | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning | Gender Equality

Intimate partner violence and child maltreatment are common forms of violence with many overlapping risk factors and outcomes. In order to identify opportunities for greater collaboration between programs addressing intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, researchers conducted a literature review of programs in low and middle-income countries that addressed one form of violence but also reported […]

Journal Article | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality

In the Journal of Global Health Viewpoints piece, “Men’s health: time for a new approach to policy and practice?,” authors Peter Baker and IRH’s Tim Shand discuss the status of men’s health globally, in terms of mortality, use of health services, health literacy, risk-taking and masculinity, and other gender factors. They share what works with […]

Journal Article | Gender Equality