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Gender

Gender equality is a human right—one that Pathfinder advances through sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programs. Gender equality and SRHR reinforce one another: gender-equal societies strengthen SRHR, and SRHR contributes to gender equality, particularly by removing barriers to women and girls exercising agency in their lives. Pathfinder’s programs seek to transform harmful gender norms, and change the policies, structures, and systems that hold individuals of all genders back.

In addition to our programs, our Gender Equity Initiative fosters gender equity internally across our organization.

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What We Do

  • Increase the agency of women and girls to make decisions about their SRHR.
  • Use gender-synchronized approaches that simultaneously engage women and men in transforming gender norms.
  • Constructively engage men and boys as individuals, within couples and communities, and through health facilities as partners and advocates for gender equality.
  • Strengthen health services and systems to be more gender responsive and equitable to better meet the needs of clients and communities.
  • Map, engage, and partner with local organizations working on gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights.
  • Advocate to transform laws and policies that perpetuate gender inequalities; promote policies that support the agency and rights of women, girls, and marginalized groups; and, ensure health and key equity measures are disaggregated by sex and age.

Pathfinder's Definition of Gender:

“Gender refers to the roles, responsibilities, characteristics, and behaviors that are associated with our identities as women, girls, men, boys, non-binary people, or transgender people. Gender is socially and culturally constructed, so our understandings of gender differ across contexts and over time. Gender influences what is expected of each of us, the power we have in society, how we relate to others, and the norms we are expected to conform to. Gender is not the same as biological sex.”

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Discover Our Projects

Ma’an (Together)

Ma’an (Together) enhances the quality of family planning, reproductive health, and maternal health services at NGO clinics and among private health care providers to improve sexual and reproductive...

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PREPARE-BURKINA

PREPARE-BURKINA strengthens health systems, builds community resilience, and supports vulnerable communities to prepare for and manage recurrent crises and pursue sustainable pathways out of...

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Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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