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Gender Matters: Gen.M Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in Austin, Texas

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Gender Matters (or "Gen.M") is a teen pregnancy prevention program in Austin, Texas, that reaches youth ages 14-16. As a five-day workshop, Gen.M examines gender messages, healthy relationships, teen parenting, sexual decision-making, and ways to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

EngenderHealth launched the 5-year Gender Matters project in 2011, with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in partnership with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, SafePlace, and the Travis County Summer Youth Employment Program. Gender Matters builds on EngenderHealth's pioneering work with men across 26 countries through the Gender & Men As Partners program. For more information, please visit http://www.engenderhealth.o.... Show less
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Men As Partners: South Africa Play

"I have to take a stand so that society can see that change is inevitable." -- MAP activist

South Africa faces two interconnected epidemics -- violence against women, and HIV. Spurred by the need for a response to these public health emergencies, and recognizing the centrality of working with young and adult men to making progress, EngenderHealth initiated the Men As Partners® (MAP) Program in 1998. Since then, dozens of organizations have joined to form the MAP Network and now work together in communities across the country.

In July 2005, the Center for Digital Storytelling's Silence Speaks project traveled to South Africa to conduct two digital storytelling workshops with activists from EngenderHealth's MAP Network. Participants in Johannesburg and Cape Town wrote and recorded first-person narratives about their lives; chose photos, still images, video clips, and music to illustrate their stories; and learned to edit these materials into the short digital videos presented here. These digital stories are being shown in trainings and public community screenings throughout South Africa, to promote the MAP Network's efforts to involve men in ending gender-based violence and preventing HIV and AIDS.

The stories address various themes that are core issues in MAP's efforts to transform South African society. Namely, MAP works to reduce gender-based violence and the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS. The MAP Network works with individuals and institutions to challenge traditional norms of masculinity and assist men in recognising their role in addressing HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. The stories challenge myths and stereotypes about how men can act and be, showing that men can be transformed to build a more just, gender equitable and healthy society.

For more information about Men As Partners, please visit http://www.engenderhealth.org/map/.

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Copyright 2008 EngenderHealth. "Men As Partners" is a registered trademark of EngenderHealth.

Special thanks to Rees Shad at Sweetfish Music, and Tom Bellino at
Planet Arts Music, for their contribution of several original songs to the
soundtracks of many of these digital stories. Additional thanks to
Rees Shad and Axel Esquite for video postproduction work.

Ugandan Fistula Survivors: Digital Stories Play

Learn from My Story: Women Confront Fistula in Rural Uganda

In August 2007, the ACQUIRE Project partnered with the Center for Digital Storytelling and St. Joseph's Hospital in Uganda to coordinate a workshop for Ugandan women who have experienced obstetric fistula. The resulting videos recount hardships and celebrate achievements related to their daily struggles with pregnancy, loss, relationships, as well as their search for safety, acceptance, and dignity.

The ACQUIRE Project, of which EngenderHealth is the managing partner, works globally to advance and support the availability, quality, and use of facility-based reproductive health and family planning services at every level of the health care system. In many African and Asian countries, the ACQUIRE Project is building local capacity to treat and prevent obstetric fistula, and to support fistula patients through reintegration programs.

For more information about the ACQUIRE Project, please visit www.acquireproject.org. For more information about EngenderHealth, please visit www.engenderhealth.org, e-mail info@engenderhealth.org, or call 001-212-561-8000.

This workshop was coordinated by the ACQUIRE Project and made possible by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the terms of cooperative agreement GPO-A-00-03-00006-00.

Copyright 2007 EngenderHealth/The ACQUIRE Project.
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