These were the questions discussed at a recent meeting of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls – which includes Plan International USA and more than 30 international organizations that design, implement, and evaluate programs that benefit girls throughout the developing world who are trapped in cycles of poverty.
As part of the quarterly gathering, representatives from various organizations shared best practices and resources around topics such as diving deep into programmatic approaches engaging men and boys throughout the life cycle; learning about the Together for Girls initiative to prevent sexual violence against girls; and exploring current issues affecting the work of meeting adolescent girls’ needs globally with presentations on current work from coalition members.
According to Christine Sow, Plan’s Vice President for International Programs, “a new perspective on gender must be about a more productive way of viewing power relationships to the benefit of both sexes. It is this message that the 5th edition of the Because I am a Girl series hopes to promote through its examination from a global perspective of gender dynamics and the question of boys.
Sections include an analysis of the current global context of gender dynamics, the balance between the sexes within the home and institutions; the complexities of adolescence; and the transition to adulthood.”
Programming approaches must continue to shift from a focus on women to encompassing both men and women and how they influence each other – even from a young age. Without taking into consideration boys’ and men’s perspectives and including them in program interventions, we can never hope to make the impact needed for sustainable change – so entire communities understand how everyone can benefit from a balanced gender approach.
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