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.
The rise of the #MeToo movement has thrown back the curtain on gender-based violence with a focus on sexual harassment, resulting in a global call for safer workplaces. The movement reveals a hidden truth: gender-based violence happens everywhere. For many this seems obvious, but what about a market development expert? An agricultural extensionist?
Gender-based violence is personal. Global estimates published by the World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 women worldwide (35 percent) have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetimes.
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.
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.
Scant data exists on the prevalence of violence against children worldwide. However, available information shows that violence against children is a global problem. This desktop study aims to glean from published and grey literature the extent of sexual violence and exploitation against children in Lesotho. The goal of this study is to better understand the government of Lesotho's national response efforts to reduce violence against children.
HIV and mental illness are significant global public health concerns in Zimbabwe. A coordinated and comprehensive response, particularly between HIV treatment, care, and support services and mental health care can improve health outcomes among people living with HIV. In collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Care and Support and Treatment Technical Working Groups, AIDSTAR-One is implementing a pilot activity that will integrate mental health and harmful substance use screening, counseling, and referral into HIV treatment and care sites in Zimbabwe.
Gender inequality is cited as a major contributor to Swaziland's high HIV prevalence rate. There is no routine screening for gender-based violence by health providers in Swaziland to provide statistical data relating to the incidence or prevalence of GBV. However, a national population-based household study on violence against children (mostly girls) and young women revealed an epidemic of sexual assault against girls.
Both the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) emphasize preventing, monitoring, and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) as critical to strengthening overall health outcomes. Yet, significant barriers impede the provision of meaningful, effective services for children and adolescents who have experienced sexual violence.