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1408, 2019

Reflecting on my Internship with WI-HER

By Lour Harb, Intern Summer 2019 Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Virginia, I’ve had a great interest in the global health field. Consequently, during the summer of my sophomore year, I undertook an internship at WI-HER, LLC. WI-HER provides many learning aspects and benefits. I was most excited and interested in exploring the application of clinical knowledge to the field of public health. While there are so many qualities of working at WI-HER, my favorite part was the staff. Dr. Taroub Faramand is the Founder and President of WI-HER. Dr. Faramand gave me a better look into public health by letting me accompany her during conferences and meetings. Allison Foster, the Vice President of WI-HER, directed me with all the research and data synthesis needed for proposals. […]

3107, 2019

Webinar- Data Collection for Community Assessments

Interested in learning more about data collection methods? Are you preparing to conduct a community-level assessment? This introductory webinar will give you guidance and tips to conduct community-level landscaping and assessments and focus on building capacities in qualitative data collection methods, including focus group discussions (FGDs) with community members and key informant interviews (KIIs) with service providers. The webinar will help you to design, prepare, and implement assessments, as well as share findings with local and global audiences via blogs, reports, and journals. Hear from colleagues in the field working on similar efforts in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean and tune-in to collaborative learning. Webinar Recording_Data Collection for Community Assessments from USAID ASSIST Project on Vimeo.

2007, 2019

Paternity leave: who gets it and why does it matter?

By Kelly Dale and Morgan Mickle Gender equality advocates across the world push for greater equality in policies and programs, in access to education and health, and in workplaces and the home. A policy that spans across almost all of these spaces is paternity leave. Paternity leave—defined by the ILO as paid or unpaid leave period –reserved for fathers in relation to childbirth or leave that can be used exclusively by fathers—allows men the opportunity to bond with their newborns and support their partner with childcare (or do it alone in the case of single-family households). Evidence shows that when men bond with a baby from the beginning, they are more likely to be present and involved throughout the child’s life, which has positive effects on children’s psychological health, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction in the long-term (UNICEF). […]

907, 2019

Learning from Zika – and Beyond

By Morgan Mickle, Gender Specialist, WI-HER, LLC We have a lot to learn from Zika. And we better pay attention. Many believe that Zika is no longer a threat, but think again. In the first three months of 2019 alone, there were 61 confirmed Zika cases reported in the country.[i] In Peru’s far northwest region, there have been 19 confirmed cases in Piura between January and the first week in May, [ii] and 15 suspected cases of Zika among pregnant women in Tumbes between January and mid-June.[iii] Last year in 2018, there were 472 confirmed cases of Zika, 38 of which were pregnant women.[iv] While the data show a downward trend from the last year, the reported cases this year from just two departments are startling, and must be recognized and watched. Zika has been recorded across the Latin American and Caribbean region for potential impacts to babies and children born to mothers who had the virus during pregnancy including, microcephaly and other congenital malformations. […]

207, 2019

WI-HER Series: Breaking Barriers and Raising the Bar on Measurement – Part III: Measuring Corporate Women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment Programs

By Tisa Barrios Wilson, Program Associate Despite research that shows girls perform better educationally across the world,1 the translation of that performance to success and equality in the workforce remains a challenge. Known as the Global Gender Pay Gap,2 women’s earnings remain, on average, between 10 and 30% less than men’s globally.  These figures understate the extent of gender pay gaps in developing countries where informal self-employment is more common.3,4 Globally, women face a multitude of challenges when entering the workforce including the disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care and domestic work, less access to social protection, higher risk for violence and harassment, less access to financial institutions, and legal restrictions including laws preventing women from working in specific jobs, lack of laws on sexual harassment in the workplace, and laws where husbands can legally prevent their wives from working, among others. 4 It doesn’t look much better for women’s leadership in the workplace. As of 2018, women hold only 24% of senior roles globally, and among the world’s largest 500 companies only 10.9% of senior executives of women.5 However, companies are beginning to recognize the benefits of investing in women at all stages of their ‘value chain’ which is the set of activities that a company executes in order to deliver a product or service for the market, from the board room to the community in which they operate (see figure below). […]

506, 2019

Children with Congenital Syndrome associated with Zika and the importance of addressing gender factors that limit their adherence to their therapeutic plan: The case of Paraguay

By Marlene Espinola y Andrea Ruffinelli, Technical Facilitators for ASSIST Paraguay, Elga Salvador, Senior Gender Advisor, WI-HER, LLC In response to the Zika epidemic, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Health Systems (ASSIST) Project in Paraguay has been collaborating with the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPyBS) to  improve the capacity of health services to prevent Zika during pregnancy, screen  cases of Zika infection among women of reproductive age and screen microcephaly and other symptoms of Congenital Syndrome associated to Zika (CSaZ) in newborn children. Additionally, ASSIST aims to strengthen the provision of high-quality psycho-emotional support services for women and families affected by Zika and increase the number and proportion of affected infants receiving recommended care. Illustration 1. A working group presenting findings On February 12 and 13, 2019, the Paraguay USAID Project team and representatives of the MSPyBS participated in a training workshop on gender integration into Zika programs, with the facilitation of the WI-HER Senior Gender Advisor, Elga Salvador. […]

506, 2019

Niños y niñas con Síndrome Congénito asociado al Zika y la importancia de abordar los factores de género que limitan su adherencia al plan terapéutico: El caso de Paraguay

Por Marlene Espinola y Andrea Ruffinelli, facilitadoras técnicas ASSIST Paraguay, Elga Salvador, asesora senior en género, WI-HER, LLC Frente a la epidemia del Zika, el Proyecto de USAID Aplicando la Ciencia para Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud (ASSIST) de Paraguay ha estado colaborando con el Ministerio de Salud Pública y Bienestar Social (MSPyBS) con el objetivo de mejorar las capacidades de los servicios de salud en la promoción de medidas dirigidas a prevenir el Zika durante el embarazo, en el tamizaje de casos de infecciones de Zika entre mujeres en edad fértil y de microcefalia u otras manifestaciones del Síndrome Congénito asociado al Zika (SCaZ) en niñas y niños recién nacidos. Adicionalmente estuvo colaborando para fortalecer la prestación de servicios de apoyo psicoemocional de alta calidad para mujeres y familias afectadas por el Zika y aumentar el número y la proporción de infantes afectados que reciben la atención recomendada. Ilustración 1.Presentacion de los hallazgos de la mesa de trabajo Los días 12 y 13 de febrero de 2019, el equipo del Proyecto de USAID de Paraguay y representantes del MSPyBS participaron en un taller de capacitación sobre la integración de género en los programas de Zika, con la facilitación de la asesora senior en género de WI-HER, Elga Salvador. […]

2805, 2019

WI-HER Series: breaking barriers and raising the bar on measurement – Part II: Getting a baseline: WI-HER’s approach to gender analysis

By Kelly Dale Data are essential to achieving the goals of increased empowerment, agency, and equality. Yet we are still grappling to collect and use data that highlight the unique experiences of men, women, boys, and girls, reveal barriers to equality and agency, and prove what works to improve the lives of those that we are trying to reach. This lack of data not only restricts effective programming, but masks and at times even perpetuates inequalities. So, what can we do about this? Part I in this blog series explored the concepts of empowerment and agency and discussed some of the challenges in measuring them. I posed questions about what it means to empower someone and what increased agency might look like. I also discussed how measuring these concepts too often reflects our own personal biases, and how imperfect measures result in ineffective—or even disempowering—programs and interventions. This blog series aims to explore how we can reduce biases, think deeper about power, measure at a much more nuanced level, and ensure that we do no harm in our work. […]

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