“Women’s shelters should not need to exist.” This was one of the key messages from the 4th World Conference on Women’s Shelters (4WCWS) that Rutgers and our Prevention+ partners attended last week in Taiwan. The key message was that, in order to prevent the violence that makes many women and girls seek shelter in the first place, it is crucial to continue working with men and boys in an accountable way to stop the cycles of violence and harassment.
Did you know Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is five times more likely to be successful in preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when it pays explicit attention to the topics of gender and power? Rutgers acknowledges this and has develop a training module called Gender transformative approaches and comprehensive sexuality education.
It's two years since the #MeToo movement started. From Monday, 25 November, organisations all over the world, under the name 'Orange the world', will campaign for 16 days for the prevention of violence against women. Rutgers will also colour orange and will advocate for more focus on the prevention of sexual harassment and violence, in the Netherlands and abroad.
Rutgers is seeking an external evaluator for Hello I Am programme in Bangladesh.
Rigid gender norms have negative effects on both girls and boys, and inhibit Indonesia from fully benefiting from its economic growth potential, also known as the demographic dividend. These are key results from the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) and the Youth Voices Research conducted in Indonesia as part of the pioneering research and advocacy programme, Explore4Action.
Sometimes, in the fight for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), we forget to look in our own backyard. The debate on paternity leave in the Netherlands continues to be a hot-button topic, especially with the upcoming elections. Whereas maternity leave is considered to be an inalienable right, many people are divided or even undecided about the same rights for fathers. In trying to maintain a dialogue about this subject, it’s clear that a political, cultural and economic shift is needed in our country.
Across four countries, Prevention+ engages with men and boys, as well as women, to end gender-based violence (GBV). In Western Uganda, partner organisation Reproductive Health Uganda works with local communities towards our shared goal of violence-free societies.
About 150 young SRHR leaders from 19 cities across Pakistan participated in the two-day ‘Youth Ask Leadership Conclave 2014’, organized by Rutgers Pakistan. The event allows young people to become the face of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) initiatives at national and international events.
Kampala, Uganda - Today nearly half of the World’s population – around 3 billion people- are under the age of 25. As these young people become sexually active, sexual and reproductive health services are under increasing pressure.
KAMPALA - The government has been called on to embark an inclusive health care system to help reduce the number of unsafe abortions among mostly young Ugandans. In fact, youths and the civil society are demanding for a law to legalize abortion for cases that are extreme and unavoidable. During a an Inter-Generational Dialogue (IGD) in Kampala recently, students and other youths that attended the meet argued that many pregnancies are as a result of inevitable circumstances like defilement and rape.
'Explore' is a Toolkit for involving young people as researchers in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes.
The planning and support tool provides an overview of characteristics of effective, rights based SRHR educuation/HIV prevention interventions for young people. Organisations can analyse their intervention or use the tool to plan new interventions.
The Toolkit for Men can be used for counselling abusers who want to stop intimate partner violence and become a more respectful partner. This toolkit was developed and piloted in South Africa and Indonesia by Rutgers in partnership with 3 partner organisations in these countries.
Sex under the age of 25 is a large representative study of Dutch adolescents’ sexual health with a participatory action approach, which Rutgers conducted in 2012. In 2005, a comparable study was carried out.
Fourteen-year-old Zeba wakes early in the morning with her younger siblings Saira and Hina. The girls get dressed, comb their hair and leave their home at 7.30 am; they are not headed to their school, but to help their mother who works as a maid at several houses in the capital. “In a conservative society like Pakistan a girl usually has to face discrimination right from the moment her family learns that a mother-to-be is pregnant with a baby girl,” said Rutgers's Qadeer Baig.
Victories for gay rights in some parts of the world have provoked a backlash elsewhere, states the Economist on October 11th.
In March 2012 Rutgers presented the research report ‘Gender Based Violence in Pakistan’. This is a ground-breaking study: never before have Pakistani women been approached directly and asked to be interviewed individually.
he 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 - Men and Boys for Gender Justice will be held in New Delhi, India, from 10-13 November. Its purpose is to find ways to engage men and boys for gender equality so that society becomes more caring and non-violent and gender relations become more harmonious.
Girls are so foolish and silly, that they have to be beaten so they can get some good ideas in their brains. That’s what an 8 year old boy from India learned from his father and older brothers. He added that he was confused because his mother and sisters had told him: ‘All men beat their wives, one day you will do the same, and it’s what men do to be manly’. (Blog by Rachel Ploem because of the 2nd Men Engage Global Symposium in Delhi, India, 10-13 november 2014).