The uniting TOwards Gender Equality for enjoyment of women’s and girls’ Total HEalth and Rights Project – TOGETHER
Date: 17 September 2021 to 31 August 2027
Area: Preah Vihear, (CheySaen, Chhaeb, Choam Khsant, Kuleaen,Rovieng, and other districts) and Steung Treng (Siem Bok, ThalaBarivat, Sesan, Siem Pang, and other districts), and Kompong Thom Provinces (Sandan district)
Primary Project Beneficiaries: 43,451
Budget: Total 4,612,593 USD
Donors: Global Affairs Canada and ADRA Canada
ADRA Canada, its Canadian partners(Salanga and Sick Kids), implementing partners (IPs): ADRA Cambodia, Kenya, Philippines and Uganda, together with local and grassroots women’s organizations and duty-bearers in each country, propose this 6-year gender- transformative initiative to increase the enjoyment of health-related human rights of the most vulnerable adolescent girls and boys (10-19 years), women and men (20+ years) and children under 5 years (U5), especially those with intersecting vulnerabilities, in indigenous, remote or resettlement settings.
This will be achieved through: (i) increasing the equitable use of health services by empowering and reducing barriers preventing access for adolescent girls and women (AGW) and children U5 through activities focusing on building self-confidence, Female and Male Champion Groups, and gender-responsive trainings that target boys, men, parents/caregivers, and other key gatekeepers; (ii) improving provision of gender-responsive and inclusive health, social and nutrition services for the most vulnerable AGW and children U5, by increasing capacity of service providers, caregivers and educators, and increasing support from duty-bearers; (iii) increasing community- led actions to reduce structural barriers to health-related rights, especially sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), by building the capacity of the most vulnerable AGW in action planning, utilizing the innovative Community-led Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (ColMEL) methodology, and supporting grassroots women’s organizations.
The proposed multi-sectoral, multi-level and multi-stakeholder initiative will contribute to poverty reduction by preventing, and improving response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV); improving equitable access to and use of health care services, especially on reproductive health, and emphasizing preventative care. As documented by several studies, SGBV is a strong contributor to poverty [WB 2019] and poor health can cause considerable loss of income for those affected, including caregivers, as families often sell assets or borrow at high interest rates to cover medical costs and transportation to facilities [WB, 2014].
The TOGETHER project (uniting Towards Gender Equality for enjoyment of women’s and girls’ Total HEalth and Rights) project will target people living in indigenous, remote or resettlement settings in the following areas:
Cambodia (Cam): Preah Vihear, (CheySaen, Chhaeb, Choam Khsant, Kuleaen,Rovieng, and other districts) and Steung Treng (Siem Bok, ThalaBarivat, Sesan, Siem Pang, and other districts), and Kompong Thom Provinces (Sandan district)
Kenya (Ken): Eastern Province, Mandera West Philippines (Phi): Camarines Sur,Bicol Region (Siruma,Garchitorena,Caramoan, Ocampo,Buhi,Bato municipalities) Uganda (Uga): Acholi Region (Pader, Agago,Kitgum and Lamwo Districts)
The target areas were selected using the following criteria:
- A) Country level – (i) documented health and health rights needs; (ii) existing strong partnership with the IP, (iii) IP’s good management, accountability, and capacity to deliver effectively and safely in target areas; (iii) experience with gender-transformative approaches; and (iv) opportunity to leverage investments of other initiatives (e.g EMBRACE).
- B) Province/District level – (i) compounded vulnerability and marginalization due to remoteness, resettlement, conflict and/or indigenous ethnicity exacerbating barriers to health-related rights particularly for AGW, and children U5 (Cambodia – remote, ethnic minority areas, high incidence of labor based migration; Kenya – resettlement area of ethnic Somali and conflict-affected communities; Philippines – remote areas, including island villages, heavily inhabited by indigenous and marginalized populations; Uganda – resettlement areas of conflict-affected populations);(ii) trends of stability, and stable and predictable access to the area (despite the proximity to conflict and post-conflict areas in Kenya and Uganda, the target areas in both countries are relatively stable and ADRA is currently implementing other projects in these areas); and (iii) existing relationships with duty-bearers and key responsibility holders.
- C) Community level – (i) identified needs, in consultation with the targeted female rights-holders, related to SGBV, teenage pregnancies, malnutrition and poverty with compounding vulnerability factors such as lack of access to health care, lack of economic opportunities, and harmful socio-cultural norms; and (ii) interest to participate (and approval by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Philippines).
- D) Individuals –the multi-stage needs assessment (NA) identified the most vulnerable individuals in the target areas as AGW and children U5 who are: survivors of SGBV; facing mental health challenges or have special needs due to physical disabilities; engaged in sex work; of a different ethnicity than the majority of the population; and/or LGBTQ+. Based on this knowledge, the project will develop an inclusivity framework to identify vulnerable individuals in the project area and outline a gender-responsive strategy that will be used to reach them. The project will also target people in each area, particularly duty-bearers and key responsibility holders at multiple levels (including boys, men, leaders, care providers, caregivers etc.).
The project will impact 194,920 girls, women, boys and men across all project countries. It will directly reach 88,660 girls and women; and 33,052 boys and men. In addition, the project will reach 73,208 intermediaries and indirect beneficiaries (women, boys and men). Specifically, direct beneficiaries will be 121,712 people (73% female): 8,052U5 girls, 6,148U5 boys; 49,570adolescent girls and 15,968 adolescent boys (age 10-19years*); 31,038 women and 10,936 men (age 20+ years). While the project will focus on adolescent girls 10-19years, in some case seven younger adolescent girls will be entitled to benefit from the project (e.g. in Kenya, where girls may be married as early as 8 years old).
Latest stories from TOGETHER project
That all changed after Kimly attended training courses provided by the TOGETHER project . These helped Kimly understand her role in ensuring that girls and women can exercise their health-related human rights.
Kimly gained vital information and skills in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender. In addition, she learned counseling skills for youth survivors of violence and abuse. She also is better able to advise patients who wish to migrate on how to stay healthy, safe, and protected while far from home.
ADRA Cambodia collaborated with Provincial Education Department, District Education, and local authority to celebrate “Teacher’s Day 2023” in five different locations in October 2023.
ADRA Cambodia collaborates with School Health Department of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), Preah Vihear Provincial Education Department, District Education Department and local authorities to recognize and promote “menstrual hygiene management implementation that reached as model school” while raising awareness of health, menstrual hygiene and environment.
ADRA Cambodia collaborated with Preah Vihear Provincial Health Department and local authorities to promote “We Need Food, Not Tobacco” while raising awareness of nutrition, food security, early marriage, and sexual and gender-based violence.
Varin attended three trainings from the TOGETHER project. One focused on Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender topics. Another delved into Youth Counseling Skills for Youth and Survivors of Violence and Abuse. The third training centred on Nutrition Counseling Skills and
Ms. So Sophorn was born to a rural farming family in Kompong Thom province, Cambodia. But she dreamed of doing something different with her life. Through hard work and dedication, she became a midwife.