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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

[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

Social norms play a powerful role in shaping the behavior of young people and can have an enormous impact on their sexual and reproductive health. Even as interest in social norms has surged, there is no consensus about what constitutes a norms-focused approach and how this differs from other types of community-based programs. This brief […]

Publication | Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change | Gender Equality

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

[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 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

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

The US government invested over $50 billion in global health over the last five years. Last year specifically, USAID laid out its first ever Vision for Health Systems Strengthening, defining health systems strengthening (HSS) as a capacity building approach that supports quality service provision, extends the coverage of care, and provides financial protections, all while […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness | Gender Equality

A new article published in Prevention Science Journal, “Evaluation of the REAL Fathers Initiative on Physical Child Punishment and Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Uganda,” shows the promising results of a parenting intervention as a means to address violence.

Blog | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality

IRH has led the research and implementation of USAID’s natural family planning portfolio for several decades.

project | Adolescents | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness | Gender Equality | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation | Strategic Scale-up