Introducing the Tipping Point Spotlight

We’re excited to introduce the new Tipping Point Spotlight! This is a compilation of quarterly news, events and team updates across the United States, Nepal and Bangladesh. Every issue will offer a spotlight on one of our team members as well as exciting new resources for the work surrounding child marriage.

Click here to read the full October 2016-January 2017 Tipping Point Spotlight!

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November Roundup

November 2016 Roundup

Religious Leaders Workshop in Nepal – November 28-29th
The objective of the event was to provide participants with a common understanding around Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM) and to mobilize religious leaders to promote adolescent empowerment. It also celebrated the positive practices of religious leaders that contribute to adolescent empowerment in their community.

Partners’ Meeting, Kathmandu – November 16th
The objective of the meeting was to discuss how we can collectively work to address the issues of CEFM. Topics discussed included: what collaborative activities can be conducted, how collective expertise can be utilized, how issues can be promoted, and what donors should understand when they work in Nepal.

Donor Visit to Nepal – November 11-16th
Dena Kimbal, the executive director of the Kendeda Fund, travelled to Nepal where she met with partner and CARE teams, visited several project communities, interacted with girls and boys from adolescent groups, and discussed with community leaders who have been advocating for adolescent girls’ right and against CEFM.
https://caretippingpoint.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/re-examining-the-value-of-girls.pdf

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Population Council Workshop on Evidence Based Scaling Up of Programs for Child Marriage – November 3-4th
Suniti Neogy represented CARE at this workshop. The presentations illuminated that all represented organizations; BLAST, SAVE, SOLID, SIMAVI, AJWS, PSTC, UNICEF, mPower, Population Council, and CARE; have similar interventions.

GNB Update, Child Marriage Restraint Act (Bangladesh)
The new legislation of the Child Marriage Restraint Act includes a provision allowing child marriage in ‘special cases’, such as if a girl becomes pregnant accidentally or illegally. However, these ‘special’ cases are not specified and the language is quite broad. So far, Girls Not Brides Bangladesh, the National Girls Coalition, UN agencies and many other alliances/networks in the country have been mobilizing and taking action through petitions, letters to the minister, and a protest rally outside the Press Club in Dhaka on November 29th.

Center for Global Development Meeting Take-Aways
CGD sponsored a meeting entitled “Beyond Aid Approaches to Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment: What Works and How to Measure It”.
http://www.womeneconroadmap.org/sites/default/files/Sustained-Effects-Economic-Empowerment.pdf
http://www.popcouncil.org/research/the-shrinking-world-of-girls-at-puberty-violence-and-gender-divergent-acces

Blog Post: “Child Marriage: What do social norms have to do with it?” http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/child-marriage-social-norms/

October Roundup

October 2016 Roundup

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Training in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh team hosted a training focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The training objective was to facilitate a greater understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights amidst CARE and partner staff in Bangladesh.

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International Day of the Girl in Nepal – October 11th
Girls from the Tipping Point Project shared their achievements, challenges, and leadership experiences. The event included documentary screenings, life skill sessions, painting, music and interactive games.
https://caretippingpoint.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/idgc.pdf

Third Annual Girls Summit, Washington D.C. – October 20th
The summit included videos from the Tipping Point Project, and CARE’s Doris Bartel participated in a panel and discussed the need for greater attention to gender and power dynamics in both research and implementation, the need for comprehensive sexuality education, and the need to work to address inequitable gender norms.
https://www.cgdev.org/media/girl-summit-dc-2016-keeping-our-promises-adolescent-girls

Canadian High Commission Roundtable – October 18th
The Canadian High Commission and Girls Not Brides Bangladesh hosted a roundtable at the Canadian High Commission Recreation Center. The event identified actions needed to end child marriage and highlighted success stories as well as challenges in addressing child marriage in Bangladesh.

Article: “Too young to marry: If we want to stop child marriage in Nepal, we have to start talking about sex.”
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/printedition/news/2016-10-28/too-young-to-marry-20161028080731.html

Himalayan News TV: News about CPA report launch. Segment was entitled “Policy to End Child Marriage by 2030 A.D. – CP Mainali”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsVCDgh1x9I

August/September Tipping Point Round Up

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August-September 2016 Tipping Point Round Up

Click above to read the entire August-September 2016 TP Round Up or continue reading below for some of the highlights!

TIPPING POINT NEWS FROM THE FIELD

CPA Report Launch in CARE Bangladesh
On August 13, 2016, the Tipping Point team in Bangladesh organized a well-attended event in Dhaka to share the findings of the Tipping Point Community Participatory Analyses (CPA) Report with national-level stakeholders.

CREA training with BD team
CREA conducted a training on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender, Sexuality, and Rights for the Tipping Point team from Bangladesh in Kathmandu from the 3rd of August to 7th of August 2016. 17 team members from the Tipping Point project, Oikko project (Injectable drug users project) and GFIDU (Garment factory workers project) project participated in the training. The objectives of the training were to ensure participants’ understanding on gender and sexuality as distinct but interconnected systems of power, reflect on sexuality and its various intersectionalities, to develop strategies for including gender and sexuality in existing work and to develop themselves as facilitators to conduct similar sessions with the Field and Community facilitators.

BD Team’s Learning Visit to Nepal
A two day visit was organized for 7 participants from the Bangladesh team who met the partner staff, shared enthusiasm, innovations and challenges to learn from each other. The Bangladesh team was able to observe a stitching competition, a meeting with adolescent boys and girls and a coordination meeting with the VDC and School Management Committee where the partner facilitated a session from the GED package and showed a video followed by a discussion.

The National Girl Child day on September 30th in Bangladesh
In celebration of the National Girl Child day, Sept 30 in Bangladesh, the TP team celebrated by having Community Dialogue on issues of investment on girls and benefit of delayed marriage, Art Competition and Debate competition, Rally, Discussion on the importance of Celebrating Girl Child day, Games on roles of men and women in household chores and work outside home.

Amra o korchi Campaign in Bangladesh
CARE Bangladesh Tipping Point team initiated a campaign called ‘aamra o korchi’. To promote gender equality, the campaign kicked off on the eve of the National Girl Child Day to be continued as a month long series of events from the 29th September to 29th October in all 30 primary villages of Sunamgonj. Men and boys came forward to show that they too take equal responsibilities for household chores in 4 events two for each all primary village from both the partner organizations’ area in September.

Phase 2 Planning Meeting
In mid-August the Tipping Point teams from Nepal, Bangladesh and the US came together in Bangkok, Thailand to talk about and plan for Phase 2 of the project. During the meeting we developed and agreed upon an overall initial conceptual design framework and country-specific priorities for each team; generated an initial set up for Phase 2 across country teams; and mapped a proposed timelines and process for proposal development and submissions.

Quarterly Review Reflection Meeting in Bangladesh and Nepal
CARE and partner staff joined together for quarterly review and reflection meetings, held in Butwal, Nepal August 29-31 and at FIVDB Training Center in Bangladesh September 4-7.
Tipping Point staff including Center Volunteers, Social Mobilizers, Group Facilitators have been gathering “outcome stories” as part of the outcome mapping monitoring process. During the quarterly review and reflection meetings, the teams analyzed the overall patterns in the outcome stories gathered so far in each context.

European Evaluation Society Conference (EES) in Maastricht, The Netherlands
On September 30, 2016 Tipping Point MEL staff Elizabeth Brezovich (CARE USA) and Prokriti Nokrek (CARE Bangladesh) presented about Tipping Point’s experience with Outcome Mapping at the European Evaluation Society conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Elizabeth and Prokriti shared about the challenges and successes of using “taggings” within the outcome story collection and reflection process.

Child Marriage and Sexuality Pre-event at AWID International Forum [Bahia, Brazil]
CARE co-sponsored an interactive session exploring empowerment, sexuality and girls’ rights through movement with theater in collaboration with Body Wise. TP team staff Ayushma Basnyat from CARE Nepal; Dhana Kumari Chaudhary Tharu from SSS, a partner organization of CARE Nepal; and Suraiya Sultana from ASD, a partner organization of CARE Bangladesh; Rawnak Jahan from CARE Bangladesh; and Nidal Karim from CARE USA participated as speakers.