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The Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle of the U.S. Global Health Initiative: How Have USG Programs Responded?

This report examines how countries are responding to and implementing the women, girls, and gender equality principle of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI). This principle, one of seven core principles of the GHI, aims to sharpen the focus on women and girls across U.S. government global health efforts.

Based on interviews conducted by the Foundation with representatives from 15 GHI country teams, this report identifies nine key themes and trends that could help inform U.S. policy discussions and the future directions of efforts related to the health of women and girls. While the experiences of the country teams varied widely, the analysis found that the principle has provided a supportive platform to those country teams that already had programming in the areas of women, girls, and gender equality, and prompted others to step up their efforts – though there were some challenges, such as limits on the flexibility of funding streams and the need for more technical assistance and other support.

Report (.pdf)