The second panel showcased a selection of FHI 360 projects that prioritize gender equality and female empowerment through addressing gender-based violence, strengthening economic development and livelihoods, empowering girls to pursue careers in science and math, and providing care and treatment for people who are HIV positive.
The four FHI 360 projects had three connecting themes:
- Engagement with communities, community leaders, and parents is critical to changing perceptions of gender norms. Educating and informing these stakeholders of the benefits to gender equality diminishes doubt about an intervention and strengthens commitment to its outcomes.
- Increasing female empowerment and self-confidence is critical to transformational change. Support systems for women and girls encourage improved self-esteem and reinforce messages of gender equality. Parents have an enormous impact on the lives of girls and boys, both internationally and in the United States.
- Gender-based violence obstructs all development outcomes. To work effectively to address gender-based violence (GBV), we must acknowledge that it is gender inequality. We must work to support and educate women, men, girls, and boys about how to prevent and seek services for GBV so that advancements in economic livelihoods, health, and education can be achieved.