The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
GSD: Module One
Module 1: Introduction
The [GSD Training] is critically important to me personally but also the PEPFAR family. We have taken these trainings so seriously at headquarters that we have ensured that everyone within our office has been trained with this critical sexual diversity training.—Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Participants should leave with an understanding that
- An AIDS-free generation is impossible without reaching gender and sexual minorities (GSMs)
- The U.S. Government prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
- Gender norms are a powerful influence in the health and lives of all of us
- The PEPFAR Updated Gender Strategy helps account for the effect that gender norms have on health
GSMs are people whose gender, sexual orientation, or biological sex characteristics differ from what is typically expected by a culture or society.
What does it include?
- Epidemiological, financial, and human rights arguments for reaching engaging gender and sexual minorities and increasing access to appropriate health services.
- Existing legal protections for U.S. Government staff and contractors against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- An interactive activity on gender norms that helps participants understand the ubiquity of gender norms and their impact on health.
- The Updated Gender Strategy is presented as a tool that helps programs account for the impact gender norms have on health.