Welcome back to the biannual CEFM Learning Xchange Newsletter! We hope this finds you safe and well during this unprecedented time.
In this edition of the Learning Xchange, you can read how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting child, early and forced marriage (CEFM), access new tools for engaging communities in dialogue and research, learn about staff transformation processes in CEFM programming, and find some inspiration to keep you going in this journey. Please peruse and enjoy!
You can stay engaged with the CEFM Learning Xchange through workplace, this listserv and our webinars.
In Solidarity, Tipping Point Initiative
COVID-19 and Child Marriage
Poverty, inequity, and gender-based violence are increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these factors are known to be root causes of CEFM. At the same time, programs that work to end CEFM are not able to operate normally due to shelter-in-place directives. Check out some resources that can help us navigate CEFM programming during this challenging time.
Girls Not Brides Agenda for Action on Coronavirus and CEFM (available in English, Spanish, and French)
New from TP
This technical brief provides an overview of the way that Tipping Point facilitates inter-group dialogues by bringing together girls, boys and parents to share reflections in a way that links to the sessions each group is doing separately. This brief accompanies Tipping Point’s Inter-Group Dialogue implementation manual, which contains session facilitation guides and pointers for frontline workers.
The Tipping Point Community Participatory Analysis (CPA) Study was designed to deepen understanding of the contextual factors and root causes driving the prevalence of CEFM in a particular region of Bangladesh which has high rates of the practice. The collection of tools used in this study in Bangladesh are made available for adaptation publicly. These tools were used as part of the formative research for the Tipping Point Initiative Phase 1 in Sunamganj, Bangladesh.
The results are in! Tipping Points’ RCT baseline evaluation, measuring the rates of child marriage, adolescent girls’ agency and social norms in Bangladesh and Nepal demonstrate the key drivers of child, early and forced marriage in Tipping Point program areas, and contain recommendations for policy and practice.
CEFM Learning Xchange released a webinar on Staff transformation covering both Social Analysis and Action and Gender, Equity, and Diversity trainings.
The 3 takeaways that people working to end CEFM should take away from the webinar are:
- Staff at all levels need a safe space to reflect and challenge their own biases and norms related to gender, sexuality, and rights for effective programming.
- In order for SAA and GED to be effective, staff members must feel safe to surface their real thoughts, feelings, and fears – especially as they relate to sexuality, as this is often a taboo subject.
- Staff transformation does not usually happen as a result of one training, but staff should have space for periodic and consistent group reflection as a part of their job.
A few resources related to this webinar:
- Staff transformation “checklist”(see the two excel files, contact Sadhvi Kalra at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Tipping Point website for other MEL tools/information)
- Tipping Point staff transformation brief(from Phase 1)
- Patriarchy is Personal: How Development workers in Nepal are shifting harmful social norms (blog)
Inspiration for the Journey
Working toward gender justice and against CEFM can be difficult and personal. Check out three things that the Learning Xchange hopes will inspire you to keep up the work, and to do it with health and happiness!
- Safety and Sexuality: “Safety and Sexuality… in these uncertain times of COVID-19 when most of the world is in some form or other of quarantine, safety has taken on a new meaning all together.” Tipping Point’s Gender Advisor Suniti Neogy contributes to this month’s issue of TARSHI’s In Plainspeak online magazine on the topic of safety and sexuality.
- The face of feminism is no longer just white and middle class: “Middle-class, white women still seem to gain the most visibility because of their privilege. Yet, the reality is changing. Activism is no longer just the domain of the privileged, but has become the duty of the oppressed.” This Al Jazeera op-ed illustrates how the dominant narratives within feminism are now less dominated by those of middle-class white women.
- Though it can be hard to see past the daily deluge of devastating headlines, there is plenty of good news in the world right now — and a great deal of interest in reading it. This article highlights where you can check out some happy and true headlines.