Programs That Work
Rigid codes of tradition masculinity and femininity drive poorer reproductive health, homophobic and gender-based violence, and lower educational outcomes. This is often especially true in under-resourced communities, where gender codes are apt to be particularly narrow or harsh.
That's why there's been an increased focus and commitment on "gender transformative” programs which question, challenge and change rigid gender norms and inequities. Major international agencies like PEPFAR, UNAIDS, UNFPA, USAID and WHO–as well as prominent NGO's like EngenderHealth, Population Council and International Planned Parenthood–have already developed and launched interventions and tools with a strong focus on gender norms. This is our round-up of some of the best–most free for download online.
Table of Contents
It's All One Curriculum - Gender Chapter [Population Council]
Program H [Promundo]
Program M [Promundo]
It's All One Curriculum [Population Council]
Population Council's extensive It's All One Curriculum places gender issues and human rights at the heart of sex and HIV education.through 54 activities that engage young people and foster critical thinking skills.

It's gender section (at left) is especially strong and helpful in challenging harmful norms of masculinity and femininity.

Program H [Promundo]
Program H Manual"A manual with approximately 70 activities to carry out group work with young men (ages 15 to 24) on gender, sexuality, reproductive helath, fatherhood and care-giving, violence prevention, emotional health, drug use, and preventing and living with HIV and AIDS." Excerpted from http:// All rights reserved.

Sexuality and Reproductive Health (2002)

Program M Manual [Promundo]
Program M Manual"This manual includes more than 30 activities to carry out group work with young women (ages 15 to 24) on gender identity, relationships, sexuality, reproductive health, motherhood and caregiving, drugs, work and preventing and living with HIV and AIDS."Excerpted from All rights reserved.
Gender Matters [EngenderHealth]
In 2011, EngenderHealth launched the 5-year Gender Matters Project (Gen.M) in Travis County, Texas, where teen pregnancy rates exceed that of the state’s. Texas has the third highest teenage pregnancy rate in the US, with more than 73,000 girls becoming pregnant yearly. Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Gender Matters is testing an innovative approach that builds on EngenderHealth's pioneering work with men in 26 countries through the Gender & Men As Partners program. Focusing on youth ages 14-16, the program works with SafePlace and the Travis County Summer Youth Employment Program to educate them and encourage: delayed age at first sexual intercourse, increased use of effective contraceptive methods, including hormonal contraception and IUDs, and increased consistent and correct usage of condoms. Excerpted from
The Strength Campaign [Men Can Stop Rape]
The Strength Campaign is a highly flexible multicomponent initiative, adaptable to the needs of any community. MCSR's education programs, public awareness work, and training & technical assistance components together constitute a comprehensive whole based on the social ecological model, a theoretical framework which holds that behavioral change requires an approach that is multilayered, multifaceted, and sustained over time. Primary violence prevention is not one size fits all, and our campaign is highly customizable. Excerpted from All Rights Reserved.

What's the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships? [Scenarios USA]
Young people who participate in the Scenarios USA curriculum "What’s the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships?" will be able to discuss, reflect upon and analyze the roles that gender and power play in their own lives. Through writing and discussion around Scenarios USA’s youth-written/Hollywood-produced REAL DEAL films, students can express their underlying beliefs and attitudes, start to share ideas and challenge peer social norms regarding traditional gender norms and their own realities. The central role that educators play in this process of discovery cannot be overstated -- this is why Scenarios USA has created the What’s the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships?curriculum: to support the educators who are in the classroom affecting positive change for their students and for all of us.

Mentors in Violence Prevention [MVP]
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Model is an approach to gender violence and bullying prevention that was first developed in 1993 at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The MVP model focuses on training student-athletes and other leaders to speak out against gender-based violence. It has since been implemented,with success, at Syracuse University, the U.S. Navy, and many high schools.

Coaching Boys Into Men [Futures Without Violence]
The Coaching Boys Into Men program trains coaches of youth athletics to promote positive gender messages on their teams. These messages range from bystander intervention, to bullying prevention and prevention of intimate partner violence. The program seeks to engage young men as bystanders while also changing their attitudes and behaviors toward women. Coaching Boys Into Men also challenges the traditional masculine gender norms that young male athletes usually face. Research evidence has confirmed changes in the attitudes and behaviors of the athletes in the program.

A Call To Men
Through seminars, workshops and other educational vehicles, A Call to Men challenges men to reconsider their long held beliefs about women, in an effort to create a more just society. We achieve this by encouraging change in the behaviors of men through a re-education and training process that promotes healthy manhood. Trainings include Health Manhood, Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention, and Working with Men Who Batter.



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