HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Global Program

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Breaking gender barriers in China and Kenya

Kenyan scouts sit together

Scouts in Kenya earn their gender equity badges. Photo: PATH.

As part of a long-term investment in the well-being of youth, PATH worked to promote healthy alternatives to harmful gender norms and sexual behaviors in Kenya and China through the Nike Foundation-funded Breaking Gender Barriers Project. In Kenya, girl and boy scouts learned and taught each other about gender stereotypes, sexuality, and gender-based violence (GBV). In China, we addressed critical knowledge and skills gaps about sexually transmitted infections and condom use in young, male workers and students. Learn more.

Evaluating the Male Norms Initiative in Ethiopia and Namibia

A poster from the Male Norms Intiative

An outreach poster from the Male Norms Intiative in Ethiopia. Image: PATH.

Engaging men and explicitly addressing gender dynamics in HIV prevention programs can help reduce HIV risk and partner violence. In Ethiopia and Namibia, PATH conducted outcome evaluations of a community-based, PEPFAR-funded project called the Male Norms Initiative, which worked to reduce inequitable gender norms among men. The evaluations found positive changes in men’s attitudes and behaviors related to gender norms, HIV risk behaviors, and GBV as a result of the community mobilization and participatory education strategies. Learn more.