Session Date: April 23, 2021
Session Description: Gender equality is a critical determinant of health, yet many implementers struggle with practically integrating gender considerations in their projects. EnCompass LLC leads gender integration activities for USAID health projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Benin, in which our unique and participatory gender integration approach has been integral to addressing equity gaps and pushing for gender transformation. Facilitators will present EnCompass’ gender integration approach before moderating a panel with gender advisors from Ethiopia, Uganda, and Benin to share their best practices, successes, and challenges with integrating the approach at different stages of the project cycle. Participants will then be split into breakout groups where a facilitator will guide participants in identifying opportunities to apply the gender integration approach to their current activities or projects. This exercise will reflect how EnCompass guides project teams to develop gender strategies, so the activity itself will also serve as a direct example of how to apply part of the approach. Participants will then return to plenary and have an opportunity to share out and discuss strategies, opportunities, and potential challenges. The facilitator will make suggestions to mitigate key challenges discussed before closing the session with key take-aways and recommendations.