After using the resource and completing this activity, learners will be able to: • Understand how using culturally sensitive lenses in gender sensitive programming; • Approach culture-sensitively the issues of gender equality and equity; Approach issues related to HIV/AIDS, female genital cutting, gender-based violence, and maternal health and family planning in an appropriate manner.
Please read the report ‘Working from within: Culturally Sensitive Approaches in UNFPA Programming’ and answer the quiz below.
The focus of UNFPA is to improve the health and well-being of women, men and young people, specifically reproductive health and rights. Given the sensitive nature of these topics, it can be challenging to engage with individuals and communities who live according to their cultural and religious beliefs. This may be difficult for international programme staff to understand. As a result, UNFPA issued a report on working within cultures to foster stronger progress towards achieving international development goals and advancing human rights, especially in the critical areas of reproductive health and rights, and gender equity and equality. The case studies in the report highlight the cultural sensitivity demonstrated by programme staff, designing programmes and advocacy campaigns using local knowledge, leading to higher levels of programme acceptance and ownership by the community, and programme sustainability.Take quiz