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How Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Leads to Improved Health Outcomes

by on March 11, 2014

On International Women’s Day, MEASURE Evaluation and USAID shared preliminary results from a systematic review of evidence that shows how gender-integrated health programs influence various health outcomes. The release of these results comes on the heels of Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates’ announcement of the No Ceilings project. The project will focus on using global data and evidence-based solutions to advance progress of women and girls.

The Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC), in recognition of International Women’s Day, featured blog posts by highlighting the work of partners to improve the status of women. Two of the featured posts were authored or co-authored by MEASURE Evaluation staff members.

The “Transforming Gender Norms, Roles, And Power Dynamics For Better Health: Preliminary Results From South Asia” post was co-written by staff from the Public Health Foundation of India, the International Center for Research on Women – Asia Regional Office, the Health Policy Project, and MEASURE Evaluation.  Authors from MEASURE Evaluation include Jessica Fehringer, Carolina Mejia, Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, Emily Mangone, and Mahua Mandal. An excerpt from the post:

Approximately one-fourth of the gender-aware interventions reviewed successfully improved health status (related to stunting prevalence, neonatal mortality rates, age at marriage and sexual debut, adolescent pregnancy, unmet need for contraceptives, and HIV prevalence). Differences in the types of outcomes achieved by accommodating and transformative programs were noted — while both types of programs effected change in knowledge and behaviors/practices, transformative programs were more likely to address and achieve favorable attitudinal outcomes, including less tolerance/support for GBV, favorable attitudes towards women’s role in family planning, and positive attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS.

Abby Cannon, Research Associate—Gender Specialist with MEASURE Evaluation, authored “Data-Driven Progress For Women” on how MEASURE Evaluation’s gender-related work ties in with the goals of the No Ceilings project. An excerpt from the post by Cannon:

Working at the intersection of data use and gender equality, the MEASURE Evaluation gender team is particularly excited to hear national and international news highlighting the importance of using data focusing on women and girls to improve programs, show progress, and inform decisions. Advocating for sex disaggregated and gender-specific data collection, analysis, and use is a key focus of MEASURE Evaluation work, and confirmation and support from champions in the field of women’s empowerment is encouraging to hear.

See the full posts on the TGHC blog

From → Gender, Global Health

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