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Interactive Workshops to Promote Gender Equity and Family Planning in Rural Guatemalan Communities: Results of a Field Test

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Cover of report on interactive workshops to promote gender equity and family planningThis report describes an intervention project to test the hypothesis that the promotion of gender equity in the context of sexual and reproductive health will contribute to gender-equitable attitudes and strengthen the practice of family planning. A short-duration communication intervention in rural Guatemala was designed to influence inequitable gender norms that constrain the practice of family planning. The study found that the intervention had a significant effect in changing both men’s and women’s inegalitarian gender attitudes. The effect in strengthening knowledge of contraceptives was also significant and the effect on contraceptive use was suggestive but not statistically significant.