36. Culturally Sensitive Approaches in UNFPA Programming

Instructions

Learning outcome

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.

Activities

Please read the report ‘Working from within: Culturally Sensitive Approaches in UNFPA Programming’ and answer the quiz below.

Introduction

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

Question 13 pts

When dealing with gender relations and reproductive health & rights, which of the following are complex tasks that requires sensitivity to social dynamics? (tip all that apply)

Question 22 pts

Which of the following can be potential allies and adversaries to development programming? (tip all that apply)

Question 32 pts

In Uganda, the elders used to support the harmful traditional practice of female genital cutting. How did UNFPA’s Reproductive, Educative and Community Health Project help the elders in becoming the advocates to eliminate this practice? (tip all that apply)

Question 41 pts

In most regions of India, women are pressurised to produce a son for reasons related to kinship, inheritance, marriage, identity, status, economic security and lineage. In 2002 a new law was passed prohibiting the determination and disclosure of the sex of the foetus. Please match how UNFPA, along with its partners achieved this goal.

Amendment Bill:

Question 51 pts

In most regions of India, women are pressurised to produce a son for reasons related to kinship, inheritance, marriage, identity, status, economic security and lineage. In 2002 a new law was passed prohibiting the determination and disclosure of the sex of the foetus. Please match how UNFPA, along with its partners achieved this goal.

Media:

Question 61 pts

In most regions of India, women are pressurised to produce a son for reasons related to kinship, inheritance, marriage, identity, status, economic security and lineage. In 2002 a new law was passed prohibiting the determination and disclosure of the sex of the foetus. Please match how UNFPA, along with its partners achieved this goal.

Population and related issues:

Question 71 pts

In most regions of India, women are pressurised to produce a son for reasons related to kinship, inheritance, marriage, identity, status, economic security and lineage. In 2002 a new law was passed prohibiting the determination and disclosure of the sex of the foetus. Please match how UNFPA, along with its partners achieved this goal.

Regional workshops:

Question 81 pts

Please match the culturally sensitive approaches for successful programme implementation.

Implementing programmes:

Question 91 pts

Please match the culturally sensitive approaches for successful programme implementation.

Partners and stakeholders:

Question 101 pts

Please match the culturally sensitive approaches for successful programme implementation.

Patience and transparency:

Question 111 pts

Please match the culturally sensitive approaches for successful programme implementation.

Promoting human rights: