16 Days Blogs 2013

12/10: Women are Women: Responding to the Health Needs of Female Sex Workers

The Research to Prevention (R2P) project, funded by PEPFAR through USAID, has demonstrated a clear need for policies and programming that address the multiple levels of influence on HIV risk among female sex workers, including their risk of violence and need for comprehensive reproductive health services. 

12/10: LGBT Rights in Jamaica: A Conversation with Maurice Tomlinson

A conversation with Maurice Tomlinson, Attorney-at-Law, law lecturer on sexual rights, and HIV/AIDS advocate. Like Maurice, USAID is committed to advancing the rights of the LGBT community, including providing support to local LGBT advocacy organizations to extend democratic governance and respect for human rights to all individuals, and creating blueprints for increased access of comprehensive healthcare services to transgender and transsexual persons.

12/9: Masculinity and Violence in Conflict

Through examining hypermasculinity and its connection to gender-based violence, we can find creative ways to address the cycle of violence.

12/6: Transforming Gender Norms and Ending Child Marriage: The Role of Boys

Through USAID's Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformation (GREAT) project, USAID works with adolescents and their communities to reduce gender-based violence and improve reproductive health. 

12/5: Seeking Justice: Implementation through Vital Voices' Institute Model

In partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Vital Voices has developed a training program to mobilize and refine the criminal justice response to gender-based violence and human trafficking.

12/4: Farmer Field Schools: A Safe Place to Discuss Gender-Based Violence

In the Bunda District of Western Tanzania, USAID partner, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), uses Farmer Field Schools as a forum for men and women to discuss sensitive issues such as gender-based violence. 

12/3: A Thing of the Past

Through the help of USAID, a young Bangladeshi woman facing violence from her in-laws gets access to legal counselors, police, social protection, and psychosocial counseling to protect her from future violent occurences. 

12/2: USAID Activities Respond to Gender-Based Violence

USAID's Rwanda Health Project fights sexual violence through the establishment of One Stop Centers which offers critical integrated services to victims, including immediate counseling, treatment, lab tests for HIV, and access to police and legal systems. 

11/29: A Courageous Journey

A Pakistani woman overcomes a brutal acid attack through the help of USAID's Gender Equity program. The program provides small grants to Pakistani organizations to fund projects that expand access to justice for women, increase knowledge of women’s rights and combat gender-based violence.

11/28: Using Photography to Evaluate Project Impact

Using photography to make a difference in the lives of child brides in Ethiopia, the TESFA project used photography to give young girls unprecedented opportunities to learn about their health, interact with their peers, and participate in the social, economic and political life of their families and communities.

11/27: New Evidence on Child Marriage Prevention in Ethiopia

In areas such as the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, the prevalence of child marriage (CM) is among the highest in the world, with 2009 estimates showing that 50% of girls were married before the age of 18. To help address the needs of 50 million adolescents who are already married, USAID invested in programs through PEPFAR to reach more than 220,000 married adolescent girls in Amhara, Ethiopia.

11/26: R.E.S.P.E.C.T Find Out What It Means to Us

In both developing and developed countries around the world, pregnant women experience disrespect that ranges from subtle denial of their autonomy to blatant abuse. To eliminate the humiliation and abuse of women in childbirth, USAID supports the White Ribbon Alliance to lead global and country level advocacy and the University Research Corporation TRAction Project to carry out implementation research to assess the prevalence of disrespect and abuse and test approaches to decrease these behaviors.

11/25: Meeting the Needs of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse

Girls and women who experience sexual violence are not only susceptible to psychological, emotional and physical consequences, but also often face health ramifications, including the possibility of contracting HIV. Globally, young women aged 15-24 account for 22 percent of all new HIV infections. USAID, as a key implementing agency of PEPFAR, has a strong commitment to addressing the unique needs and vulnerabilities of children and adolescents experiencing sexual violence, including addressing the gender-related factors that underlie such violence.  

Last updated: December 31, 2013

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