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Gender equality and inclusion

A global target to achieve gender equality by 2030 was set by the United Nation’s but no country is on pace to achieve this goal. This means women and girls are continuing to face violence, discrimination and challenges due to unequal gender norms, attitudes and practices. Plan International works with women and girls in all their diversity as leaders of change to tackle the root causes of gender inequality and reshape unequal power relations in their communities and beyond.

On this page you will find critical research Plan International Canada has done in the field of global gender equality.

Architecture of Gender Transformative Programming

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Architecture of Gender Transformative Programming

As part of our strategic framework, Plan International Canada is committed to achieving 100% gender aware or transformative programming in all its initiatives by 2022.

Achieving gender equality, promoting gender justice, realizing women and girls’ rights and fostering an inclusive society are core objectives of our work as an organization dedicated to child rights and equality for girls.

This programming and measurement framework forms the basis of our gender transformative programming to ensure shared ownership and understanding across programming staff and to provide a consistent and measurable approach across sectoral programs such as in education, health, climate change, economic empowerment etc.

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Promoting Men’s Engagement Globally

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Promoting Men’s Engagement Globally

While men’s engagement in early childhood development is gaining policy momentum, operationalization of these objectives will require consideration of the various barriers and obstacles that exist to men’s engagement in the care and development of young children, in different contexts.

This paper presents Plan International Canada and Promundo’s collective programmatic reflections and recommendations on promoting men’s engagement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in children’s early lives.

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Gender Equality Newsletter: Focus ‘n GE

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Gender Equality Newsletter: Focus ‘n GE

Plan International Canada releases a bi-annual newsletter on a core topic highlighting different Plan International Canada supported projects around the world that work to advance gender equality. In each edition you will gain insight on how our gender equality team does their work through images, stories, impact data and more.

2020 – March, April

2019 – March, October

2018 – April, July, October

2017 – March, June, September, December


Gender Responsive Pedagogy and Teacher Training

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Gender Responsive Pedagogy and Teacher Training

This comprehensive teacher training pack developed by Plan International Canada provides an introduction to key gender-related issues and concepts in education, and then mainstreams gender considerations into teaching skills, including child-centered instructional methods, classroom management, lesson planning, positive discipline, evaluation and assessment and reflective practice.

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SHOW: Gender Equality Guides

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SHOW: Gender Equality Guides

Plan International Canada’s under its Strengthening Health of Women and Children (SHOW) project developed several guides to help operationalize its gender equality strategies focusing on adolescent girls, women, men, religious leaders, and health professionals. Among these, the guides related to male engagement and religious leaders were jointly developed by Plan International Canada and Promundo.

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Fathers Clubs' Studies

Father’s Club Manual

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Father’s Club Manual

This manual on Engaging Men in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) was developed for the Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) Program by Promundo, with technical guidance from Plan International Canada and support from Global Affairs Canada.

SHOW considers engaging men to be one of the core gender-transformative strategies to positively impact MNCH/SRH outcomes, as well as increase the agency of women and girls overall.

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Bangladesh: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Bangladesh: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Bangladesh: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Plan International Canada established 320 Fathers Clubs and engaged 4,160 fathers in Bangladesh to help participants broaden their understanding on gender equality, enable them to question what it means to be a man and a father and to promote their equitable involvement at the household level.

The study findings revealed positive change among Fathers Clubs participants!

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Ghana: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Ghana: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Ghana: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

In Ghana, Plan International Canada established 478 Fathers Clubs and engaged 6,465 fathers to help them broaden their understanding on gender equality, enable them to question what it means to be a man and a father and to promote their equitable involvement at the household level.

The study findings revealed positive change among Fathers Clubs participants!

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Effect of Father’s Clubs on Men’s Care Work at Home

Effect of Father’s Clubs on Men’s Care Work at Home

Effect of Father’s Clubs on Men’s Care Work at Home

In 2019, Plan International Canada carried out qualitative research extrapolating men’s, partner’s and adolescent children’s, as well as community member’s experiences with Father’s Clubs. The key findings in this report provide a summary of the critical reflections challenging gender norms and also provides an additional evidence-base around men’s equitable care giving.

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Haiti: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Haiti: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Haiti: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

In Haiti, Plan International Canada established 29 Fathers Clubs and engaged about 300 fathers to help them broaden their understanding on gender equality, enable them to question what it means to be a man and a father and to promote their equitable involvement at the household level.

The study findings revealed positive change among Fathers Clubs participants!

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