Women / Gender

Jul 30, 2019
Nimgbor Wuninyun (center) and his wives Adjoa (left) and N-Munankpor (right), of Tikarni Community in Kpandai District, each understand and appreciate the benefits of participating in the Gender Model Family activity. Photo Credit: Clarissa Heger, Gender and Social Protection Advisor, Global Communities RING As in many parts of the world, traditional gender norms strongly dictate men’s and women’s roles in northern Ghana. By default, men are traditional household heads and much of the decision-making responsibilities rests on their shoulders, while women are the primary caretakers for the family, particularly the children. In rural communities, these norms are more rigid, sometimes resulting in an uneven and burdensome workload distribution for women. If women are unable to fulfill their... Read more
Jun 14, 2019
A word from David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities: Our people and partners are truly remarkable. They bring to life our nearly 60 programs in 28 countries. Our people are the ones on the front lines working with some of the most vulnerable populations around the world, and in some of the toughest environments, to help them improve their lives and livelihoods. How do they do it? By bringing to life a combination of our collective technical expertise and our ability to build trust with the people in the communities we serve. In Latin America, our programs in Honduras provide opportunities to youth who are otherwise vulnerable to gang recruitment; they help small farmers... Read more
Jun 05, 2019
A project in Kenya that addresses sexual health and gender-based violence (GBV) is taking a novel approach by deliberately involving men and boys in its outreach. Global Communities implements the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS project, which works with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to ensure they lived Determined, Resilient, Empowered,  AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe Lives in Kenya and Rwanda. The girls who are part of the DREAMS project are some of the most vulnerable among Kenyan youth. Many AGYW in Kenya living in extreme poverty are forced to support themselves and their families with sex work. Their education levels are low, especially if they have dropped out because of pregnancy or health problems, and often the education level of their parents is low too. Women often need male... Read more
May 29, 2019
By Celia Zeilberger This article was originally published on USAID Global Waters In some remote parts of Ghana, girls are told that crossing a river during their menstrual period will offend the river deity — so some skip school to avoid incurring the deity’s wrath. In some rural communities in western Nepal, menstruating women are told that their presence jeopardizes crops, water supply, and health — so they go into quarantine each month. In Afghanistan, some women are told that showering during menstruation causes infertility — so they spend their entire cycle without washing themselves. Approximately 300 million women menstruate every day. For millions of these women... Read more
May 28, 2019

Source: https://menstrualhygieneday.org/2019-campaign-materials/ By Sarah Goddard and Lena Pritzkat May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day), which aims to break persisting taboos around menstruation, raise awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls, and engage decision-makers in raising the political priority of MHM. Globally more than half of women are of reproductive age, yet many lack access to hygiene products and adequate sanitation facilities. As defined by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, MHM means that women and adolescent girls are using a clean material to collect blood, they have privacy to... Read more
May 14, 2019
In Kenya, Global Communities is implementing the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) DREAMS initaitive, which aims to help adolescent girls and young women lead Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe lives. Below is a video on the impact of a public private partnership between the DREAMS program and Kenya Commercial Bank’s (KCB) 2jiajiri initiative, which seeks to empower and equip unemployed and out-of-school youth to grow micro enterprises by providing them with technical skill training opportunities. The initiative also aims to upskill and certify existing micro-entrepreneurs who wish to move their business from the informal to the formal sector. The video profiles Helen Kasuki, who got her... Read more
May 01, 2019
In Egypt, women entrepreneurs are often overlooked for funding by financial institutions in a male-dominated business world. Ensuring these women have access to financial skills and loan opportunities is a priority of CHF Management and Consulting Services Egypt SAE, which is Global Communities’ development finance consultancy in Egypt. In order to achieve this priority, the group holds a number of workshops targeting women who own businesses or are interested in doing so. On April 15-16, 2019, CHF Egypt, in collaboration with women’s empowerment group, Confessions of a Married Woman, held one of these capacity training initiative for women in business. The free-of-charge workshop was held at the Degla Campus co-working... Read more
Apr 16, 2019
In Rwanda, HIV prevalence is highest among youth aged 20-24. It is against this background that the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe) program was launched in five districts to address structural drivers of HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), which includes poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. In 2018, the USAID Twiyubake program, which assists 50,000 households in 12 districts of Rwanda and is implemented by Global Communities, expanded to also provide DREAMS program activities. In order to achieve success through DREAMS, young women and adolescents at times must transcend incredible life difficulties and embrace the program’s offerings, which support participants throughout months of... Read more
Mar 08, 2019
By Betty Adera, CoP DREAMS Program    International Women’s Day is here again and I face it with a lot of nostalgia. The global theme for the day being ‘Balance for Better’ resonates a lot with me because imbalance sits at the core of the limitations and barriers to progress, especially that of women. Just by definition, the concept of gender being socially and culturally differentiated roles and behaviours of men and women shows an imbalance. Culturally, for instance, the roles of women are to be submissive, particularly to men, while the roles and behaviour of men involve them being aggressive, masculine, tough and in control. Further, issues of access, ownership and control of family/household resources would largely be the job of the man. Women can have access to the... Read more
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