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[Originally posted by the Georgetown Global Health Initiative here.] Reproductive health is often viewed as a women’s issue, leaving the broader community—and men, specifically—excluded from the conversation. Members of Georgetown’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) are working to change that.

| FACT Project | Passages Project

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

“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   The Value: Why a norms-focused community of practice? We know that social norms—the often unspoken rules that govern behavior—shape the […]

| Passages Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

Addressing gender is implicit in our work. We view gender equity —the differences in access and opportunities between women, men, boys, and girls—as a cross cutting issue that must be embedded throughout the design and evaluation of all of reproductive health programs.

focus area | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | GREAT Project | Tékponon Jikuagou | Technical Assistance

[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

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

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

The Passages Project conducted a literature review of published grey and peer-reviewed literature to explore parameters of normative change interventions going to scale that were focused on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health. This document aims to advance knowledge and increase utilization of evidence about normative change at scale by reviewing and describing interventions that address normative […]

Report | Passages Project | Strategic Scale-up

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