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[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This primer is intended to be used as a resource to assist those who are implementing social norm interventions in thinking through decisions that need to be made when assessing the cost of those interventions. The primer is organized around a process that may be used to generate a cost estimate and provides recommendations for […]

Report | Passages Project | Strategic Scale-up

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