• Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme

    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is one of the major international climate funds, they’ve increasingly been incorporating a stronger gender perspective (to be more “gender responsive”) in their work. Their Small Grants Programme (SGP) launched this paper at the GEF Dialogue with Civil Society meeting . The paper attempts to “document good practices featuring women as environmental stewards and focuses exclusively on projects led and implemented by women.”


  • Women's Organizations and Climate Finance: Engaging in Processes and Accessing Resources

    Climate finance should flow to women’s organizations, gender-related groups, and feminist organizations working at the intersection of gender equality and climate change.

    Efforts toward enhanced gender-responsiveness of climate finance must include the groups, organizations, and networks best positioned to realize gender equality on the ground, contributing to more robust climate solutions and outcomes. These truths are undeniable, but we know that practice has not yet caught up to the ideal.

  • Social Context of Adherence in an Open-Label 1% Tenofovir Gel Trial: Gender Dynamics and Disclosure in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    CAPRISA 008, an open-label extension study of tenofovir vaginal gel with coitally related dosing, provided an opportunity to explore the relationship between product adherence and gender dynamics in a context where women knew they were receiving an active product with evidence of HIV prevention effectiveness. Interviews with 63 study participants and 13 male partners in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, highlighted that the process of negotiating gel use was determined in part by relationship dynamics.

  • Findings from a Gender Analysis for Microbicide Introduction in South Africa

    FHI 360 and Sonke Gender Justice conducted a gender analysis for microbicide introduction in South Africa. The process included a desk review, interviews with key stakeholders, and an interpretation meeting to identify gender norms and inequalities that increase women’s HIV risk and could inhibit women’s access and adherence to microbicides in the future. This brief outlines 11 strategies that could be part of a microbicide introduction program to overcome these gender-related barriers.

  • A Pocket Guide to Thinking about Gender & Vaginal Microbicides in South Africa

    FHI 360 and Sonke Gender Justice conducted a gender analysis in South Africa to identify gender-related barriers and opportunities to women’s microbicide access and use and to make recommendations for addressing those barriers. This pocket card, created with input from the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Men’s and Women’s sectors, is designed to build support for a gender-integrated microbicides rollout among community members and policy makers.

  • HIV Prevention for Women in Kenya: An Advocacy Guide for Gender-Sensitive Microbicide Introduction

    Based on findings from a gender analysis in Kenya, these advocacy tools can be used to raise awareness of key gender issues that need to be addressed in planning for microbicide introduction in Kenya. The guide includes: (1) a summary of gender issues that will affect women’s microbicide access and use; (2) guidance for policymakers and program designers on developing a gender-transformative microbicide introduction program; and (3) three case studies that nongovernmental organizations and other advocates in the community can use to generate discussion about microbicides.

  • Manual for Conducting a Gender Analysis for Microbicide Introduction

    This manual provides guidance for conducting a gender analysis in a country preparing to introduce microbicides. A gender analysis can strengthen the effectiveness of health and development programming by identifying gender inequalities that may affect program outcomes and potential ways to address those inequalities.The manual outlines the steps to conducting a gender analysis for microbicide introduction, shares lessons learned from pilot testing in Kenya and South Africa, and provides tools and resources for conducting a gender analysis for microbicide introduction.

  • Engaging Male Partners in Women's Microbicide Use: Evidence and Recommendations

    Vaginal microbicides are considered a groundbreaking HIV prevention tool because women can initiate their use, but male partners have played an important role in product acceptability and adherence to study regimens in clinical trials. This document synthesizes the evidence on men’s roles in women’s use of microbicides in clinical trials and makes recommendations for engaging male partners in future microbicide research and product introduction.

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    Reflections of People on Masculinity: Body Maps and Descriptions Booklet

    Under ARC, CCP conducted two body mapping workshops on male norms in Addis Ababa. Body mapping is a tool that has been used for many years by people who want to get a better understanding of themselves, their body and the world they live in. The process often includes painting exercises, drama acting, group discussions and personal reflections.
  • Literature Review - Male Norms and HIV Risk Behaviors in Ethiopia

    This review explores possible linkages between social expectations attached to being a “real” man and the spread of HIV. It describes how prevailing norms and views of manhood might contribute to risk behaviors and reinforce gender inequalities.