Rutgers’ gender-transformative approach helps people question harmful, inequitable gender and sexual norms and power dynamics and transform them into positive values.
We address these norms to break down inequalities and enables sustainable social change:
- Individual level – self-esteem, awareness of rights
- Institutional level – schools, healthcare and workplace
- Community level – faith, media and business
- Governmental level – laws and policies
This improves access to better sexual and reproductive health and rights for all and contributes to gender-just, violence-free societies.
Gender-transformative approaches work
Evidence shows programmes and training that include a gender and power perspective are substantially more effective.
Explicitly addressing harmful norms and inequalities improves sexual and reproductive health and rights services and sexuality education. For example, if a comprehensive sexuality education programme pays specific attention to gender and power, it is five times more likely to be successful in preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Gender-transformative programming can lead to 40% less violence against a partner and increased contraceptive use.
Women, girls, men and boys are empowered
We work with women and girls and people with diverse gender or sexual identities or orientations. We also engage boys and men in improving sexual and reproductive health and rights, the prevention of gender-based violence and enhancing gender equality
Vital work within institutions and at all levels
Rutgers encourages other institutions to use a gender-transformative approach in their sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence work. We work with schools, workplaces and the media, police forces, prisons and local government offices. Working at all levels brings better results.