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Gender Equality

Promoting gender equality is an integral part of our work at IntraHealth. We partner with health workers, clients, policy-makers, and national organizations to develop strategies that raise awareness of and reduce gender-based discrimination, violence, and barriers to health care. And we use those partnerships to combat gender discrimination in the health workforce, intimate partner and gender-based violence, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage, workplace violence, school-related violence, and more.  

Our key approaches include:

  • Developing tools to collect gender-related data and conducting gender analyses and planning
  • Promoting equal opportunity and treatment in employment, training, and education
  • Affirming girls' and women’s social and economic rights through interventions such as policy change and implementation to increase their access to better livlihoods and economic resources
  • Applying a multisectoral approach to support health workers, police officers, and others to respond to gender-based violence in health care facilities and in clients’ lives

Selected Achievements

Helped train 180 frontline health workers from 43 facilities in Tanzania’s Mara region to manage cases related to gender-based violence.

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Built working relationships between police officers, teachers, social welfare workers, and frontline health workers to combat gender-based violence in Tanzania.

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Worked with the state governments of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in India to delay the age of marriage for girls. We raised the percentage of mothers surveyed who intended to consider their daughters’ consent when it came to marriage from 52% to 92%.

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In Ethiopia, implemented our “Five Dimensional Model” for advocacy against female genital cutting, which was selected by USAID in 2007 as one of three best practices in eliminating this form of gender-based violence.

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Developed gender-based violence case management protocols for health workers in Madagascar and corresponding training manuals and job aids and designed a referral system to ensure access to services for survivors of violence.

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