December Monthly Update and Year-In-Review

Happy Safe New Year!

We are so sorry for any of your losses this past year. It has been one of the many challenges and transitions to new lifestyles.


Dear Affiliates, Colleagues, and Friends,

As we finish 2020, I hope you have a chance for reflection before we start a New Year. Although this has been a difficult year for the world with the pandemic affecting nearly every country at every level, I know we are worried about the impact among the least powered individuals and countries. There is no better time to challenge the injustice and inequality globally that is apparent than now in how the vaccine might be distributed but also the trailing aftermath of all the economic downturn. Even in our local communities, people of color have been most impacted by COVID-19 due to social determinants of health and systemic vulnerabilities. As unemployment soars, food insecurity rises, and housing instability affects these populations, that will challenge our work and volunteerism to help make lives better for the disenfranchised and silent, especially women and sexual minorities. I hope these populations identified at greater risk for COVID are among the first after the frontline and essential workers receive a vaccine. May we enter 2021 together with a renewed commitment for justice, equality, and health for all. Be kind to one another, be compassionate, understanding, and full of love.

2020 In Review


With 837 Attendees held over the year

117 RTI Gender Projects and Add-On Wins!

176 RTI Gender-Related Publications!

RTI Gender-related project wins in December

Congratulations to...

  • Andrea Anater and team on their win, Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS): Brazil: Add on, from Nestec, Ltd. – Switzerland

  • Don Bailey and team on their win, Integrating Early Intervention and Newborn Screening, from The John Merck Fund

  • Kelle Barrick and team on their win, Enhancing Response to Victims: A Formative Evaluation of OVC’s Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services Program, from Dept of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

  • Lauren Courtney and team on their win, South Sudan HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program - 2020 Follow on, from DOD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP)

  • Jen Deese and team on their win, Modification #1 to Transforming Contraception to Expand Access and Choice, from Family Health International (FHI 360)

  • Katherine Karriker-Jaffe and team on their win, Sexual Orientation Differences, from Alcohol Research Group

  • Katherine Karriker-Jaffe and team on their win, Tobacco Retail Policy Innovation to Reduce Health Disparities, from Stanford University

  • Molly Lynch and team on their win, Post-partum needs assessment, from March of Dimes

  • Elizabeth Montgomery and team on their win, Connecting Resources for Rural and Urban Sexual Health: CRRUSH-Sacramento, from University of California San Francisco

  • Rachel Nugent and team on their win, Global HEARTS support, user guide, and hypertension manuscript, from The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH)

  • Linda Squiers and team on their win, March of Dimes (MOD) Stigma Reduction Toolkit, from March of Dimes

  • Megan Tulloch and team on their win, Prevent Child Abuse America Data Warehouse Initiative, from Prevent Child Abuse America

RTI Gender-related publications in December

  • Aghai ZH, Goudar SS, Patel A, Saleem S, Dhaded SM, Kavi A, Lalakia P, Naqvi F, Hibberd PL, McClure EM, Nolen TL, Iyer P, Goldenberg RL, Derman RJ. Gender variations in neonatal and early infant mortality in India and Pakistan: a secondary analysis from the Global Network Maternal Newborn Health Registry. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):178. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01028-0. PMID: 33334358; PMCID: PMC7745348.

  • Aziz A, Saleem S, Nolen TL, Pradhan NA, McClure EM, Jessani S, Garces AL, Hibberd PL, Moore JL, Goudar SS, Dhaded SM, Esamai F, Tenge C, Patel AB, Chomba E, Mwenechanya M, Bose CL, Liechty EA, Krebs NF, Derman RJ, Carlo WA, Tshefu A, Koso-Thomas M, Siddiqi S, Goldenberg RL. Why are the Pakistani maternal, fetal and newborn outcomes so poor compared to other low and middle-income countries? Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):190. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01023-5. PMID: 33334329; PMCID: PMC7745345.

  • Bauserman M, Thorsten VR, Nolen TL, Patterson J, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Patel AB, Hibberd PL, Garces AL, Figueroa L, Krebs NF, Esamai F, Nyongesa P, Liechty EA, Carlo WA, Chomba E, Goudar SS, Kavi A, Derman RJ, Saleem S, Jessani S, Billah SM, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Bose C. Maternal mortality in six low and lower-middle income countries from 2010 to 2018: risk factors and trends. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):173. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-00990-z. PMID: 33334343; PMCID: PMC7745363.

  • Boyce SC, Deardorff J, Minnis AM. Relationship Factors Associated With Early Adolescent Dating Violence Victimization and Perpetration Among Latinx Youth in an Agricultural Community. J Interpers Violence. 2020 Dec 17:886260520980396. doi: 10.1177/0886260520980396. PMID: 33331222.

  • Camerota M, Willoughby MT, Blair CB. Measurement models for studying child executive functioning: Questioning the status quo. Dev Psychol. 2020 Dec;56(12):2236-2245. doi: 10.1037/dev0001127. PMID: 33104374.

  • Camerota M, Willoughby MT, Magnus BE, Blair CB. Leveraging item accuracy and reaction time to improve measurement of child executive function ability. Psychol Assess. 2020 Dec;32(12):1118-1132. doi: 10.1037/pas0000953. PMID: 32897093.

  • Cohee LM, Opondo C, Clarke SE, Halliday KE, Cano J, Shipper AG, Barger- Kamate B, Djimde A, Diarra S, Dokras A, Kamya MR, Lutumba P, Ly AB, Nankabirwa JI, Njagi JK, Maiga H, Maiteki-Sebuguzi C, Matangila J, Okello G, Rohner F, Roschnik N, Rouhani S, Sissoko MS, Staedke SG, Thera MA, Turner EL, Van Geertruyden JP, Zimmerman MB, Jukes MCH, Brooker SJ, Allen E, Laufer MK, Chico RM. Preventive malaria treatment among school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 Dec;8(12):e1499-e1511. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30325-9PMID: 33222799; PMCID: PMC7721819.

  • Flax VL, Hawley I, Ryan J, Chitukuta M, Mathebula F, Nakalega R, Seyama L, Taulo F, van der Straten A; MTN-041/MAMMA Study Team. After their wives have delivered, a lot of men like going out: Perceptions of HIV transmission risk and support for HIV prevention methods during breastfeeding in sub-Saharan Africa. Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Dec 15:e13120. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13120. PMID: 33325126.

  • Fomba S, Koné D, Doumbia B, Diallo D, Druetz T, Florey L, Eisele TP, Eckert E, Mihigo J, Ashton RA. Management of uncomplicated malaria among children under five years at public and private sector facilities in Mali. BMC Public Health. 2020 Dec 9;20(1):1888. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-09873-1. PMID: 33298011; PMCID: PMC7724888.

  • Garces A, Perez W, Harrison MS, Hwang KS, Nolen TL, Goldenberg RL, Patel AB, Hibberd PL, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Saleem S, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Patterson J, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Krebs NF, Hambidge KM. Association of parity with birthweight and neonatal death in five sites: The Global Network's Maternal Newborn Health Registry study. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):182. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01025-3. PMID: 33334362; PMCID: PMC7745358.

  • Gichane MW, Moracco KE, Pettifor AE, Zimmer C, Maman S, Phanga T, Nthani T, Rosenberg NE. Socioeconomic Predictors of Transactional Sex in a Cohort of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Malawi: A Longitudinal Analysis. AIDS Behav. 2020 Dec;24(12):3376-3384. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02910-5. PMID: 32405725.

  • Gilkey MB, Grabert BK, Malo TL, Hall ME, Brewer NT. Physicians' rhetorical strategies for motivating HPV vaccination. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Dec;266:113441. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113441. PMID: 33069959; PMCID: PMC7550258.

  • Goudar SS, Goco N, Somannavar MS, Kavi A, Vernekar SS, Tshefu A, Chomba E, Garces AL, Saleem S, Naqvi F, Patel A, Esamai F, Bose CL, Carlo WA, Krebs NF, Hibberd PL, Liechty EA, Koso-Thomas M, Nolen TL, Moore J, Iyer P, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Derman RJ. Institutional deliveries and stillbirth and neonatal mortality in the Global Network's Maternal and Newborn Health Registry. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):179. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01001-x. PMID: 33334337; PMCID: PMC7745350.

  • Harrison MS, Garces AL, Goudar SS, Saleem S, Moore JL, Esamai F, Patel AB, Chomba E, Bose CL, Liechty EA, Krebs NF, Derman RJ, Hibberd PL, Carlo WA, Tshefu A, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL. Cesarean birth in the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research: trends in utilization, risk factors, and subgroups with high cesarean birth rates. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):165. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01021-7. PMID: 33334352; PMCID: PMC7745346.

  • Hudson KN, Ballou HM, Willoughby MT. Short Report: Improving Motor Competence Skills in Early Childhood has Corollary Benefits for Executive Function and Numeracy Skills. Dev Sci. 2020 Dec 4:e13071. doi: 10.1111/desc.13071. PMID: 33275832.

  • Lim SC, Yap YC, Barmania S, Govender V, Danhoundo G, Remme M. Priority- setting to integrate sexual and reproductive health into universal health coverage: the case of Malaysia. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2020 Dec;28(2):1842153. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1842153. PMID: 33236973.Marete I, Ekhaguere O, Bann CM, Bucher SL, Nyongesa P, Patel AB, Hibberd PL, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Garces AL, Krebs NF, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Lokangaka A, Bauserman M, Koso-Thomas M, Moore JL, McClure EM, Esamai F. Regional trends in birth weight in low- and middle-income countries 2013-2018. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):176. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01026-2. PMID: 33334365; PMCID: PMC7745347.

  • Marete I, Ekhaguere O, Bann CM, Bucher SL, Nyongesa P, Patel AB, Hibberd PL, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Garces AL, Krebs NF, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Lokangaka A, Bauserman M, Koso-Thomas M, Moore JL, McClure EM, Esamai F. Regional trends in birth weight in low- and middle-income countries 2013-2018. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):176. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01026-2. PMID: 33334365; PMCID: PMC7745347.

  • Muthoni CN, Kneipp SM, Gichane MW, Caiola CE, Pettifor AE, Williams JR. A Systematic Review of HIV Interventions for Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS Behav. 2020 Dec;24(12):3395-3413. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02914-1. PMID: 32410052.

  • Naidoo K, Mansoor LE, Katz AW, Garcia M, Kemigisha D, Morar NS, Zimba CC, Chitukuta M, Reddy K, Soto-Torres L, Naidoo S, Montgomery ET. Qualitative perceptions of dapivirine vaginal ring adherence and drug level feedback following an open-label extension trial. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 Dec 3. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002590. PMID: 33278181.

  • Page JM, Allshouse AA, Cassimatis I, Smid MC, Arslan E, Thorsten V, Parker C, Varner MW, Dudley DJ, Saade GR, Goldenberg RL, Stoll BJ, Hogue CJ, Bukowski R, Conway D, Pinar H, Reddy UM, Silver RM. Characteristics of Stillbirths Associated With Diabetes in a Diverse U.S. Cohort. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Dec;136(6):1095-1102. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004117. PMID: 33156199; PMCID: PMC7680368.

  • Patel AB, Bann CM, Garces AL, Krebs NF, Lokangaka A, Tshefu A, Bose CL, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Esamai F, Liechty EA, Koso-Thomas M, McClure EM, Hibberd PL. Development of the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research's socioeconomic status index for use in the network's sites in low and lower middle-income countries. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):193. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01034-2. PMID: 33334359; PMCID: PMC7745356.

  • Porter KA, O'Neill C, Drake E, Parker S, Escolar ML, Montgomery S, Moon W, Worrall C, Peay HL. Parent Experiences of Sanfilippo Syndrome Impact and Unmet Treatment Needs: A Qualitative Assessment. Neurol Ther. 2020 Dec 2. doi: 10.1007/s40120-020-00226-z. PMID: 33263924.

  • Pusdekar YV, Patel AB, Kurhe KG, Bhargav SR, Thorsten V, Garces A, Goldenberg RL, Goudar SS, Saleem S, Esamai F, Chomba E, Bauserman M, Bose CL, Liechty EA, Krebs NF, Derman RJ, Carlo WA, Koso-Thomas M, Nolen TL, McClure EM, Hibberd PL. Rates and risk factors for preterm birth and low birthweight in the global network sites in six low- and low middle-income countries. Reprod Health. 2020 Dec 17;17(Suppl 3):187. doi: 10.1186/s12978-020-01029-z. PMID: 33334356; PMCID: PMC7745351.

  • Raspa M, Paquin RS, Brown DS, Andrews S, Edwards A, Moultrie R, Wagner L, Frisch M, Turner-Brown L, Wheeler AC. Preferences for Accessing Electronic Health Records for Research Purposes: Views of Parents Who Have a Child With a Known or Suspected Genetic Condition. Value Health. 2020 Dec;23(12):1639-1652. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2020.06.016. PMID: 33248520; PMCID: PMC7701359.

  • Richardson JS, Kemper AR, Grosse SD, Lam WKK, Rose AM, Ahmad A, Gebremariam A, Prosser LA. Health and economic outcomes of newborn screening for infantile- onset Pompe disease. Genet Med. 2020 Dec 7. doi: 10.1038/s41436-020-01038-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33281187.

  • Roberts ST, Edwards P, Mulenga D, Chelwa N, Nyblade L, Brander C, Musheke M, Mbizvo M, Subramanian S. Family Support for Adolescent Girls and Young Women Living With HIV in Zambia: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations for Intervention Development. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2020 Dec 15. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000225. PMID: 33332869.

  • Schaaf M, Boydell V, Van Belle S, Brinkerhoff DW, George A. Accountability for SRHR in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2020 Dec;28(1):1779634. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1779634. PMID: 32552593.

  • Semick SA, Collado-Torres L, Markunas CA, Shin JH, Deep-Soboslay A, Tao R, Huestis MA, Bierut LJ, Maher BS, Johnson EO, Hyde TM, Weinberger DR, Hancock DB, Kleinman JE, Jaffe AE. Developmental effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy on the human frontal cortex transcriptome. Mol Psychiatry. 2020 Dec;25(12):3267-3277. doi: 10.1038/s41380-018-0223-1. PMID: 30131587; PMCID: PMC6438764.

  • Siddiqui M, Kataria I, Watson K, Chandra-Mouli V. A systematic review of the evidence on peer education programmes for promoting the sexual and reproductive health of young people in India. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2020 Dec;28(1):1741494. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1741494. PMID: 32372723.

  • Silinski MAR, Licause J, Uenoyama T, Blake JC, Fernando RA, Robinson VG, Waidyanatha S. Development and Validation of an Analytical Method for Quantitation of Alpha-pinene in Rodent Blood and Mammary Gland by Headspace GC- MS. J Anal Toxicol. 2020 Dec 18:bkaa195. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkaa195. PMID: 33336684.

  • Spencer RA, Livingston MD, Woods-Jaeger B, Rentmeester ST, Sroczynski N, Komro KA. The impact of temporary assistance for needy families, minimum wage, and Earned Income Tax Credit on Women's well-being and intimate partner violence victimization. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Dec;266:113355. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113355. PMID: 32947076.

  • Stoner MCD, Westreich D, Ahern J, Edwards J, Gómez-Olivé FX, Tollman SM, Lippman S, Kahn K, Pettifor A. Modeling Combination Interventions to Prevent Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa (HIV Prevention Trials Network 068). Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Dec 16:ciaa1598. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1598. PMID: 33325509.

  • Thakwalakwa C, Flax VL, Phuka JC, Garcia H, Jaacks LM. Drivers of food consumption among overweight mother-child dyads in Malawi. PLoS One. 2020 Dec 17;15(12):e0243721. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243721. PMID: 33332387.

  • Turbitt E, Klein WMP, Rogers K, D'Amanda CS, Biesecker BB. Parental decision making about clinical trial enrollment: A survey of parents of children with Fragile X syndrome. Health Psychol. 2020 Dec;39(12):1070-1077. doi: 10.1037/hea0001038. PMID: 33252931.

  • Wilson EK, Koo HP, Minnis AM. Factors Influencing Women's Decisions About Pregnancy Spacing: Findings From a Focus Group Discussion Study. Contraception. 2020 Dec 4:S0010-7824(20)30436-4. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2020.11.013. PMID: 33285098.

We update our website every month with all RTI Gender-related publications under resources. Please let us know if we missed any of yours. 

December Events Recap

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

From November 25th to December 10th, we tweeted RTI research related to GBV, with two events on December 10th as the culmination of the 16 Days of Activism. We heard from Dr. Bronwyn Myers of the South African Medical Research Council, and from RTI's Dr. Courtney Peasant Bonner, the Associate Director of the GGC, Ana Perez, and Julianne Norman. To read more about the presentations and to access all of the resources we tweeted, please check out our blog post here.



Advancing women’s rights through a more gender inclusive off-grid energy sector in Africa

Karen Stefiszyn, Gender Advisor, Power Africa Off-grid Project, and RTI Global Gender Center affiliate, presented on Power Africa’s goal to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa will best be met by meeting the needs and capitalizing on the talent of both women and men at December's Center meeting.




Upcoming Events

Tentative Date: January 11

Virtual event on
RTI's Human Trafficking work.


13th InWomen's Group Conference I June 18, 2021

The 2021 InWomen's Conference will remain virtual for 2021 due to the pandemic to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and attendees.

Call for Abstracts


Abstracts for 5-minute oral presentations
are being solicited in lieu of posters.

Panel II will also welcome oral presentations from a select number of early-career investigators with high-quality abstracts based on the following criteria:

(1) Adheres to the InWomen's mission, focus, and 2021 theme;
(2) Contains a gender and substance use component or focus;
(3) Is well written and follows format guidelines and;
(4) Is focused on a critical topic

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the InWomen's Abstract Review Committee.

Key Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 05, 2021 11:59 PM EST
Decision Notifications:
 March 2021
Registration Opens: April 2021


Gender Science News

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COVID-19 may deepen depression, anxiety, and PTSD among pregnant and postpartum women

Promising treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD 

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