GEH Blog

Very Young Married Adolescents 

Dr. Stephanie DeLong, February 1, 2019 

I grew up in Richmond, Virginia, USA, with my parents and younger brother. When I was about 14 years old (see photo), I was in the eighth grade and was attending middle school. I was focused on my studies, my friends, and singing in the school choir. My story is not too different from many very young adolescent girls (vya) aged 10-14 in developed countries. 

Unintended Consequences of Using Education to Address Gender Inequalities and Girl Child Marriage

Natalie Wyss, January 17, 2019

Educational interventions are effective in increasing the opportunities and wellbeing of girls around the world. However, there are potential unintended consequences in the messages these interventions may send young women and girls about their opportunities for the future. 

GEH Participates in Validation Workshop to Wrap Up 3-Year Learning from SASA! Adaptations Project

Dr. Jennifer Wagman and Eunhee Park, November 26, 2018

In September 2018, UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health researchers, Jennifer Wagman and Eunhee Park, joined colleagues from Raising Voices Uganda, Beyond Borders Haiti, Women's Promotion Center Tanzania and International Rescue Committee Kenya for a 3-day validation workshop in Kampala, Uganda. 

Some kinds of laws expand women's and girls' economic opportunities. How does that work? 

Doctors Rupa Jose, Jeni Klugman, and Anita Raj address gender equality laws as a mechanism to protect equality laws as a mechanism to protect women and enhance economic opportunity. Read more at The Washington Post

Pay Attention: Child Marriage in Emergency Settings

Leslie Gautsch, Ph.D. student in Education Studies, August 16, 2018

We cannot ignore child marriage among refugees in emergency settings. Interventions to prevent child marriage must be designed by taking a holistic approach.

Tritons for Gender Equity (T4GE): One of UCSD's Newest Student Organizations 

Michelle Gregorio, July 1, 2018 

Tritons for Gender Equity (T4GE) is a new organization on campus that welcomes UC San Diego affiliates. This organization aims to promote gender equity on and near our campus through community outreach with support from the UC Global Health Institute and Center on Gender Equity and Health.

Improving Quantiative Measurement for Gender Equality and Empowerment - EMERGE Website Now Live

Cassidy Koo, Amruta Trivedi, Jonathan Linco, Rupa Jose, June 11, 2018

To Promote United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 5: To Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls, the EMERGE website was launched on May 1. This site serves as a methodological resource to researchers, non-profit organizations, and government officials interested in pushing for evidence-based change in the global status of women and girls. ​

Utilizing the #MeToo Movement to Strengthen Advocacy for Comprehensive and Scalable Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Education in the U.S. & Globally

Emma Jackson, May 23, 2018

Sexual violence is a threat to the health and wellbeing of human beings globally, and in the U.S. evidence shows that it disproportionately effects women and LBTQ+ individuals 1-3 .  Norms and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence in human society must be addressed. 

Covert Contraceptive Use: A Prevalent yet Understudied Strategy used by Women to maintain their Reproductive Autonomy 

Jasmine Uysal, February 9, 2018

Globally, over 214 million in low-income countries who want to delay or limit their pregnancies report not using an effective contraceptive method. This unmet need contributes to poor reproductive health outcomes from mother and child including high rates of maternal mortality. 

Addressing Reproductive Coercion in HEalth Settings (ARCHES) Launches in Nairobi, Kenya Aiming to Improve Women's Reproductive Autonomy 

Jasmine Uysal, January 11, 2018 

Dr. Silverman and the ARCHES study team have adapted the ARCHES intervention, which aims to reduce reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence, to the Kenyan context. In November 2017, the team traveled to Kenya to launch the project. 

From Sri Lanka to Sacramento: Developing youth interventions to prevent gender-based violence 

Ruvani Fonseka, December 1, 2017 

November 25th was the International Day for Eliminiation of Violence against Women, starting the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. In this post, Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) predoctoral fellow Ruvani Fonseka discusses her work studying risk factors for gender-based violence in Sri Lanka, and her current work at GEH evaluating rapre prevention education programs with the CDC and California Department of Public Health . 

6 Takeaways on Ending Child Marriage from the 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health

Emma Jackson, November 14, 2017 

GEH's Emma Jackson attended the 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, India, as a youth delegate. These are her six takeaways for moving forward in ending child marriage from listening to researchers, advocates, program implementers, and government officials share their knowledge at the conference. 

​Integrating an Alcohol and Violence Screening and Brief Intervention into HIV Post-test Counseling: Observations from a Ugandan Fishing Community on Lake Victoria

Eric Arnold, September 7, 2017 

It was 11:00 AM on a hot July day. Inside a small green tent in a rual fishing village on the banks of Lake Victoria, an HIV counselor was speaking with two local women about a new study to reduce alcohol use and intimate partner violence (IPV). Outside, an intoxicated fisherman staggered around the tent, hollering unintelligible comments toward the women inside. 

Gender Discrimination and Women's Experiences with Childbirth in India Inextricably Linked 

Lindsey Youngquist, August 8, 2017 

"We wait until the placenta is delivered before we tell the mother the sex of the baby. If it is a girl she may have a stress response in her body or feel scared of the response her husband and mother-in-law. It could make delivering the placenta very difficult." - Nurse Mentor, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh 

​Adapting the SASA! Approach for Reducing Violence against Women and HIV in Kigoma, Tanzania 

Erika Bonnevie and Jennifer Wagman, July 1, 2017

Violence against women (VAW) is one of the biggest issues women face worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1 in 3 women have experienced some sort of intimate partner violence, the most common form of VAW, in their lives (WHO, 2016). 

Is Financial Inclusion a Route to Reducing Intimate Partner Violence? What Does the Evidence Suggest? 

Anita Raj and Jeni Klugman, June 12, 2017

Despite major improvements in tackling global poverty and expanding education around the world over the last several decades, economic gender gaps persist, as a documented by the recent report of the High Level Panel of the UN Secretary General. These gender gaps in the economy exist alongside adverse gender norms and persistently high rates of intimate partner violence (IPV), the latter issue affecting one in three women globaly. 

The Dilemma of Men's Participation in Reproductive and Family Health 

Holly B. Shakya and Beniamino Cislaghi, June 5, 2017 

Everywhere in the world, life is more difficult for women than men. The difference between men's and women's lives in low and mid-income countries (LMIC) is a source of concern for those working to achieve global justice. Women in LMIC often have limited abilities to make decisions regarding their jobs, their health (particularly their reproductive health), and their participation in public life. Why is that? 

Let Girls Learn 

Rebecca Fielding-Miller, May 5, 2017 

As the dust settles from the latest budget showdown in Washington, some haze still remains around the status of the global Let Girl's Learn Initiative. Let Girls Learn was formally launched by Michelle Obama in 2015. Since then, thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers in 44 countries around the world have built long-term partnerships with local communities to champion girl's education, support teachers and administrators in rural schools, and empower adolescent girls with the knowledge and tools they need to stay healthy, fight for their right to a quality education, and become the future leaders our world needs. 

Women's Sports History: From Strength to Resistance 

Celia Breuer and Jennifer Wagman, April 5, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month (March 2017), Dr. Bonnie Morris visited UC San Diego and shared a fascinating history of women's participation in sports. 

Understanding Women and Girls' Experiences of Reproductive Coercion, Intimate Partner Violence, and Unintended Pregnancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Sabrina Boyce, March 2, 2017

Dr. Silverman begins work with IPPF to adapt and evaluate the ARCHES intervention to reduce reproductive coercion, intimate partner violence, and related unintended pregnancy among family planning clinic users in Kenya. 

Improvements for whom? The importance of gender equity in monitoring progress in global health and development 

Lotus McDougal and Fernanda Ewerling, February 11, 2017

In recongition of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we discuss the importance of gender equity in monitoring progress in global health and development. 

Recognizing World AIDS Day 2016 

Anita Raj, Jennifer Yore, Laramie Smith, and Lianne Urada, December 11, 2016 

In recognition and support of World AIDS Day, UC San Diego's Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) shares their blog on The Importance of Health Care Coverage to Support People Living with HIV/AIDS.