January Update

April 13, 2020

The first month of 2020 is coming to a close and I hope that you have accomplished all that you had planned. We have a lot to share inside about the RTI Global Gender Center’s activities, and RTI’s gender-related projects and publications that were awarded and published this month. Exciting plans are in the making for WomenNC’s 11th Annual Local to Global Forum in which our affiliate’s femtees will present their research projects for the first time in February (see more below), and a week-long celebration in March to commemorate the RTI GGC’s 5th year anniversary and International Women’s Day.

RTI Gender-related Project Wins in January

RTI Gender-related Publications in January

Bloch, E. M., Hull, J., Green-Thompson, R., Ingram, C., Crookes, R. L., Fawcus, S., . . . Program, N. R.-I. S. A. (2020). Antenatal blood transfusion in South Africa: indications and practice in a high-HIV-prevalence setting. Transfusion. doi:10.1111/trf.15661.

Flax, V. L., Kasasa, S., Ssendagire, S., Lane, C., Atuyambe, L., Lance, P. M., . . . Bobrow, E. A. (2020).Using a quality improvement approach in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission program in Uganda improves key outcomes and is sustainable in demonstration facilities: Partnership for HIV-Free Survival. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000002298.

Guillory, J., Crankshaw, E., Farrelly, M. C., Alam, I., Fiacco, L., Curry, L., . . . Delahanty, J. (2020). LGBT young adults’ awareness of and receptivity to the This Free Life tobacco public education campaign. Tob Control. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055239.

Hartmann, M., Datta, S., Browne, E. N., Appiah, P., Banay, R., Caetano, V., . . . Srinivasan, K. (2020). A Combined Behavioral Economics and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use and Intimate Partner Violence Among Couples in Bengaluru, India: Results of a Pilot Study. J Interpers Violence, 886260519898431. doi:10.1177/0886260519898431.

Hoffman, M. K., Goudar, S. S., Kodkany, B. S., Metgud, M., Somannavar, M., Okitawutshu, J., . . . Group, A. S. (2020). Low-dose aspirin for the prevention of preterm delivery in nulliparous women with a singleton pregnancy (ASPIRIN): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet, 395(10220), 285-293. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32973-3.

Katz, A. W. K., Naidoo, K., Reddy, K., Chitukuta, M., Nabukeera, J., Siva, S., . . . Montgomery, E. T. (2020).The Power of the Shared Experience: MTN-020/ASPIRE Trial Participants’ Descriptions of Peer Influence on Acceptability of and Adherence to the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention.AIDS Behav. doi:10.1007/s10461-020-02799-0.

Krogstad, E. A., Odhiambo, O. K., Ayallo, M., Bailey, V. C., Rees, H., & van der Straten, A. (2020).Contraceptive implant uptake in Kenya versus South Africa: lessons for new implantable technologies. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2020.01.001.

Lynch, M., Peinado, S., Treiman, K., McDaniel, C., Vinci, A., & Creek, E. (2020). Information needs across the family planning continuum: A survey of women with chronic autoimmune inflammatory conditions. Patient Educ Couns, 103(1), 103-111. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2019.08.005.

Mcnojia, S. Z., Saleem, S., Feroz, A., Khan, K. S., Naqvi, F., Tikmani, S. S., . . . Goldenberg, R. L. (2020). Exploring women and traditional birth attendants’ perceptions and experiences of stillbirths in district Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan: a qualitative study. Reprod Health, 17(1), 3. doi:10.1186/s12978-020-0852-0.

Meinhofer, A., Hinde, J. M., & Ali, M. M. (2020).Substance use disorder treatment services for pregnant and postpartum women in residential and outpatient settings. J Subst Abuse Treat, 110, 9-17. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2019.12.005.

Myers, B., Carney, T., Johnson, K., Browne, F. A., & Wechsberg, W. M. (2020). Service providers’ perceptions of barriers to the implementation of trauma-focused substance use services for women in Cape Town, South Africa. Int J Drug Policy, 75, 102628. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.102628.

Pinder, L. F., Parham, G. P., Basu, P., Muwonge, R., Lucas, E., Nyambe, N., . . . Prendiville, W. (2020).Thermal ablation versus cryotherapy or loop excision to treat women positive for cervical precancer on visual inspection with acetic acid test: pilot phase of a randomised controlled trial.Lancet Oncol, 21(1), 175-184. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(19)30635-7.

Richter, H. E., Jelovsek, J. E., Iyer, P., Rogers, R. G., Meyer, I., Newman, D. K.,  (2020). Characteristics Associated With Clinically Important Treatment Responses in Women Undergoing Nonsurgical Therapy for Fecal Incontinence. Am J Gastroenterol, 115(1), 115-127. doi:10.14309/ajg.0000000000000482.

Wesselink, A. K., Hatch, E. E., Mikkelsen, E. M., Trolle, E., Willis, S. K., McCann, S. E., . . . Wise, L. A. (2020). Dietary phytoestrogen intakes of adult women are not strongly related to fecundability in 2 preconception cohort studies. J Nutr. doi:10.1093/jn/nxz335.

Williams, A. M., Gift, T. L., OʼDonnell, L. N., Rietmeijer, C. A., Malotte, C. K., Margolis, A. D., & Warner, L. (2020). Assessment of the Cost-Effectiveness of a Brief Video Intervention for Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention. Sex Transm Dis, 47(2), 130-135. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001109.

Yazdany, T., Jakus-Waldman, S., Jeppson, P. C., Schimpf, M. O., Yurteri-Kaplan, L. A., Ferzandi, T. R., . . . Society, A. U. (2020). American Urogynecologic Society Systematic Review: The Impact of Weight Loss Intervention on Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Urinary Incontinence in Overweight and Obese Women. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg, 26(1), 16-29. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000802.

Yee, L. M., Silver, R. M., Haas, D. M., Parry, S., Mercer, B. M., Iams, J., . . . Grobman, W. A. (2020).Quality of periconceptional dietary intake and maternal and neonatal outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2020.01.042.

Zhao, X. L., Xu, X. Q., Duan, X. Z., Rezhake, R., Hu, S. Y., Wang, Y., . . . Basu, P. (2020). Comparative performance evaluation of different HPV tests and triaging strategies using self-samples and feasibility assessment of thermal ablation in ‘colposcopy and treat’ approach: a population-based study in rural China. Int J Cancer. doi:10.1002/ijc.32881.

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


Calls to Action

Please consider donating your soda pull tabs to Sister Rosemary who lives in Uganda and takes in children who have been released from rebel soldiers after being kidnapped. The bag in the image above is an example of what they make. At this point at least 30,000 kids have been kidnapped. She takes care of 300 to 500 kids each night to help them recover from sex trafficking. She provides them with access to education, food, shelter, and teaches them to sew. Thank you for your help!

Sewing Hope Foundation website: http://www.sewinghopefoundation.com/
Sister Rosemary at TEDxUCO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2hgG9BAJLo


March Events Recap

In collaboration with Women’s Advancement in Leadership (WALS) Employee Resource Group, we hosted a week of lunch discussions, March 9, 10, 11, and 13, to commemorate our 5th anniversary, and International Women’s Week!

Expert affiliates facilitated intimate and thought-provoking discussions with each session covering one of four major areas contributing to gender inequality. Sessions raised questions about timely gender-related issues on a global scale, shared new innovations in gender-driven research, and showcased what RTI and others are doing to combat inequality. At the end of each session, a group photo honoring the #EachforEqual International Women’s Day campaign was taken with attendees. Sessions were recorded and are available to RTI GGC affiliates upon request, and accessible on the Center’s internal share drive.

WomenNC’s 11th Annual Local to Global Forum Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 11th Annual Local to Global Forum at RTI International on March 4 and supported WomenNC’s eight Juanita M. Bryant Leadership Training Program scholars.

The scholars’ projects included research about gender issues in North Carolina and policy solutions to improve the lives of women and girls. Learn more about their research, HERE.

This year’s scholars were university students from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University. 

“Remember: you stand on the shoulders of others—of those that have come before.”-North Carolina Representative Cynthia Ball

As well stated in Representative Cynthia Ball’s remarks to the scholars, the inter-generational audience of feminist activists, scholars, researchers, and advocates suggested the wealth of information and experience in the room.

With a few anecdotes about her rise to several key leadership positions, including in 1996 becoming the first woman to be elected to statewide executive office in North Carolina, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall noted the difficulties she overcame. Subsequently, she has paved the way for other female leaders in both the public and private sectors.

In her remarks, Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes, the youngest person elected to the Board of Commissioners, reminded the scholars that they do not need to wait to assume leadership positions: the world is open to young female leaders. WomenNC scholars are up for this leadership challenge and are well-prepared for it, beginning the final phase of their leadership training program with WomenNC. Working with individual “femtors” from RTI’s Global Gender Center under the direction of Dr. Wendee Wechsberg to craft research projects focused on the status of women and girls in North Carolina communities, they are now prepared for the advocacy part of the program, having been paired up with advocacy mentors from such organizations as NC PTA, North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Equality NC.

While this year’s scholars were not able to present their work at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) due to its cancellation because of COVID-19, the scholars have presented their work to other audiences in the state as they seek to influence policy at the local level!