Gender & SRHR

Once you are aware of existing gender inequalities, how you feel about it and what it does to you (e.g. girls and women who cannot make decisions about their own body and life – or boys and men who are not expected to be caring), you will be able to change it.

At the core of gender inequality are power relations between men and women. Girls and women can gain power by building their inner strength, by being informed, by getting organised as a group and by getting the help of supporters. Ultimately, both women and men benefit from more equal relations – where everyone can take on the roles they themselves choose.

Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are highly interlinked. As a freelancer, I developed a training and handbook on Gender Equality through Sports and train sports coaches in it. The good thing about sports is that – away from theoretical explanations – you can actually feel what power relations at the field do to you. And then practice different roles and situations on and off the field. In some trainings, we also touched gender based violence (GBV): the basics of sexual and reproductive health (SRHR), the need for a safe space to speak out, and the referral systems in their community for health care and medical, legal, psychological support.

“We have had a theoretical training on gender before, but this is so much better. Now I understand.” Bassem, participant of the Gender Equality through Sports programme in Egypt.

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Year Client Summary
2018 La League What? Overall coordination of La League: girls’ empowerment through soccer. A social start-up of Plan Nederland, WomenWin and Cruyff Foundation.
Result: First reactions from office staff about the manual I developed was: “I get enthusiastic to do the activities myself!” And the facilitators using the manuals told me: “It’s is written in a very clear way” and “Girls are much more motivated than before, they are more engaged and eager to learn.”
2017 – 2018 MyJorley What? My Jorley is a social enterprise, using serious gaming to advance healthy sexual behaviour among youth, in Ghana and beyond. I am working on project development and fundraising.
2016 ISA What? Co-developed ISA’s Gender Equality through Sports programme with integrated life skills in games and sports. Result: Facilitator’s Handbook & Coaches’ Handbook
2015 Rutgers and MFSII alliance What? Co-wrote 30 short captivating articles about E&M health, uptake of SRH services and youth participation based on operational researches.
Result: The articles and a dissemination plan.
2015 – 2016 ISA What? Trained community coaches on Gender Equality through Sports.
Result: Two one-week Sport & SRHR trainings of 2 x 35 community sports coaches in Mali. Two one-week trainings of 25 community coaches on Sports, Gender and gender based violence (GBV) in Egypt.
2015 Kinderpostzegels What?  Co-developed a proposal on child marriage and SRHR (MOFA’s SRHR Fund).
Result: The proposal was approved.
2015 WO=MEN What? Co-developed a popular publication about Women, Peace and Security, using storytelling (FRIS Collective). Result: Popular Publication: Sparks of change. Inspirational stories from men and women working on Women, Peace and Security. 
2014 WO=MEN What? Co-conducted a Sector Risk Analysis on 13 sectors where Dutch companies are involved concerning Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender by interviewing sector experts and classifying the information for further use.The Dutch Ministry and Foreign Affairs and KPMG asked WO=MEN, Dutch Gender Platform to deliver gender related risks per sector.
Result: The information will be used by WO=MEN and the ministry to support improved sustainability of commodity chains.
2014 CARE Nederland What? Co-developed a concept note on gender equality awareness and worldwide campaign on ‘sisterhood’ (EC / DEAR).
2013 WO=MEN What? Co-developed a multi-annual work plan proposal on gender justice, including for example, lobby at international level for gender justice, advising and sharing expertise on gender policies with companies, NGOs and governments, and innovative use of social media. (MOFA)
Result: The application at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was successful (€1.3 million).
2012 SPAN Consultants What? Managed project on Gender Studies & Research Centre, Egypt.
2008 COS Noord-Holland CINI Holland  Cordaid What? Co-developed and implemented an exchange programme for midwives from India, Ethiopia and Afghanistan called “Campaign Mother and Child Care” to decrease maternal mortality in developing countries through sharing knowledge. Furthermore, part of the exchange was a lobby campaign towards Dutch politicians. In collaboration with: MDF, Rutgers WPF, White Ribbon Alliance. Results: The Ethiopian delegation’s lobby message (against an oncoming law stating that Ethiopian NGOs were no longer allowed to use foreign funding exceeding a certain percentage) was forwarded to the Dutch Parliament by Chantal Gill’ard, leading to actions against this law.
2008 CINI Holland  What? Supported CINI India’s projects for mother and child in the field of reproductive health, child care and education as board member.
Results: Successful proposals; communication & marketing plan; and involved CINI in the exchange of midwives.
2005-2004 CIDIN Rutgers WPF Reach Out, Kampala, Uganda What? Thesis:  ‘People are not dying from aids, but from poverty’. The survival of young seropositive women in Kampala, Uganda. The research question was set-up and shared with WPF (currently Rutgers WPF). In Uganda I worked as a volunteer with the purpose of getting in touch with young seropositive women at a local NGO, Reach Out, which gave medical and socio-economic support to hiv-positive people. Result: Shared research results with Rutgers WPF and Reach Out. At the time my colleagues complimented me for my culturally sensitive and supporting attitude.
Training and expertise in gender issues:

  • Addressing Gender Based Violence through Sport: a 2-day workshop at ISA, conducted by WomenWin (2015).
  • Participated in a NCDO project group, called Gender equality & Sports (2007-2010).
  • Specialisations in my academic studies: Gender; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR); hiv/aids; financial and social coping (2001-2005).
  • Research practice about hiv/aids prevention, Port Elisabeth, South Africa, whereby I visited several NGOs and interviewed its staff. (CIDIN, 2002)
  • Member WO=MEN, Dutch gender platform—active in the working group sustainable economic development since 2011.
  • Blog: Vrouwen verpesten het voor vrouwen