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Young woman practicing volleyball in New York City

This year, UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day is think equal, build smart, innovate for change. The theme focuses on how we can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure.

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The Transform: Primary Health Care project provides technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia to support its implementation of the Health Sector Transformation Plan, with the ultimate goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. EnCompass conducted a comprehensive gender analysis to support the Transform: Primary Health Care project in integrating gender-transformative activities through its implementation by addressing multi-leveled power hierarchies acro

Rwandan doctor reviewing test results

EnCompass is assisting a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) committee in evaluating and documenting how U.S. Government investments in human resources for health (HRH) in Rwanda have affected morbidity and mortality outcomes for people living with HIV.

As a part of our work with AIDSFree, EnCompass staff developed this flyer for the Lapeng Care Centre in Lesotho. The Lapeng Care Centre is a safe space where women, boys, and girls who have experienced gender-based violence can access free counselling services, referrals to other services, or temporary shelter. It is run by professional counsellors and nurses. Contact information and process notes are included on this flyer. 

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Members of the EnCompass team developed this two-page fact sheet for the AIDSFree project. Gender-based violence is defined as violence directed at an individual based on the person’s biological sex or gender identity. These guiding principles aim to clarify and promote helpful practices and approaches in working with gender-based violence survivors.

As a part of our work with AIDSFree, members of the EnCompass team designed and delivered a three-day, face-to-face training for PEPFAR implementing partners working with orphans and other vulnerable children and key populations. The aim of this training is to increase implementing partners’ capacity to design and implement interventions that are gender-aware and gender-transformative, and prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Young women and adolescent girls account for a disproportionate number of new HIV infections. In 2016, new infections among young women aged 15–24 were 44 percent higher than young men their age. Women who experience gender-based violence face 50 percent greater risk of HIV infection. Globally, 7,500 young women acquire HIV every week.

In March, we told you the story of Lerato, who, after experiencing sexual violence, was caught in a web that restricted her access to comprehensive services because referral and case management systems were absent.

Report cover of Peer Education Program Pocket Guide

In our role as Gender advisor on the AIDSFree project, EnCompass developed this pocket guide to provide peer educators with tools to deliver training to prison inmates and staff about HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment. It contains six modules and was developed in both English and Swahili.

Heran presenting to an audience

As we approach the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, several of our staff will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. To kick off this three-part series, we talked with Heran Tadesse, EnCompass’ Senior Gender Advisor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The author with a small child in Zambia

My first experience in international development was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in northern Zambia. During my two years as a health volunteer, I saw time and time again projects designed by “experts” in Washington, D.C., that failed in my small village. 

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