Gender Integration in Social and Behavior Change
This document is a review of recent SBC-focused program literature that highlight the integration of gender considerations into health and non-health SBC interventions. Eight promising gender integration practices were identified and found to be operationalized at different levels of the Socio-Ecological Model for Change and were mutually reinforcing. When employed, these practices can strengthen gender integration and mainstreaming efforts in SBC programming.
The practices are as follows:
- Use a gender lens throughout the SBC program cycle to improve outcomes.
- Synchronize gender strategies to ensure the inclusion of men and women, and boys and girls.
- Address gendered health disparities that affect the use of services.
- Reduce harmful traditional practices.
- Ensure community involvement and accountability for the promotion of gender equality.
- Consider gender dimensions during emergency preparedness and response.
- Account for the intersecting gendered vulnerabilities that influence health and development outcomes.
- Build organizational capacity and systems for gender integration using a continuous learning approach
Last modified: March 30, 2023
Source: Population Council
Year of Publication: 2020