This document is a review of recent social and behavior change-focused program literature focusing on the integration of gender considerations into health and non-health social and behavior change interventions. The review revealed eight promising practices: employing a gender perspective throughout the program cycle to improve outcomes; synchronizing gender strategies to ensure inclusion of men and women, boys and girls; addressing gendered health disparities that affect service use; reducing harmful traditional practices; ensuring community involvement and accountability for promotion of gender equality; considering gender during emergency preparedness and response; accounting for intersecting gendered vulnerabilities that influence health and development outcomes; and building organizational capacities and systems for gender integration through a continuous learning approach. These gender integration practices were found to be operationalized at different levels of the Socio-Ecological Model for Change and were mutually reinforcing. When employed, these practices can strengthen gender integration and mainstreaming efforts within social and behavior change programming.
Freitas Lopez, Debora B., Sanyukta Mathur, Haley Brightman, Kathryn Berryman, and Kamden Hoffmann. 2020. "Gender integration in social and behavior change," Breakthrough RESEARCH Scoping Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.