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Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformations

In post-conflict northern Uganda, Pathfinder joined the Institute of Reproductive Health at Georgetown University and Save the Children to develop and test a package of innovative activities to transform gender norms, reduce gender-based violence, and promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health among adolescents ages 10-19.

Project Date: 2010 - 2016
Funder: USAID
Country: Uganda

3,200+ adolescents received youth-friendly services from Village Health Teams trained by the project

19,100+ adolescents ages 10-19 participated in platforms supported by the project affecting them and their families

10% more newly married and parenting adolescents were using contraception as a result of the project

48% of older adolescents exposed to the project believe men and women are equal, compared to 37% of older adolescents who were not

What We Did

  • Created opportunities for young people to debate important topics—the ways girls and boys interact, how they share power, and how it affects their health
  • Met the needs of young people at their various life stages—from very young adolescents to married and parenting adolescents
  • Trained and mentored Uganda’s Village Health Teams to respond to adolescents’ urgent sexual and reproductive health needs
  • Supported community leaders and parents to take part in trainings to end harmful gender norms and become GREAT champions
  • Engaged young people using a community game, a serial radio drama, activities, and flipbooks, so they have fun while transforming their thinking

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