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The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is proud to announce the launch of our Gender Policy, which documents our commitment to gender equality and the application of a comprehensive gender perspective to all of our work.
With a purposeful focus on gender, we are increasing our capacity to have an exponentially greater impact on global health, create equitable and truly inclusive economic development in Malawi and beyond, accelerate progress toward industry transformation, and prevent gender inequality and inequity from metastasizing across the sectors in which we work.
The Policy was created in close consultation with gender experts across health and agriculture from nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, development aid organizations, the private sector, and multilateral international institutions.
With the implementation of the Gender Policy, the Foundation is exercising strong leadership in promoting awareness and support of effective strategies to address the sex- and gender-based biological, social, and cultural dimensions of smoking cessation, tobacco harm reduction, and sustainable livelihoods for smallholder tobacco farmers.
“We have to close the female representation gap. When women are involved in decision-making, in research, in knowledge production, women do not get forgotten. Female lives and perspectives are brought out of the shadows.” – Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women
At the Foundation, we understand that we are not operating in a zero-sum game. Support for one group does not preclude support for others. The Gender Policy ensures that our grantees address gender-based barriers and opportunities in pursuit of improved outcomes for all.
In a paper @MarewaGlover co-authored, she explores how #tobaccocontrol initiatives ignore #indigenous communities. On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, read about the groups that have disproportionately high smoking rates and the potential solutions. https://bit.ly/3gvtYYI
Many governments in #LatinAmerica (including #Mexico, #Argentina, & #Brazil) have passed restrictive policies on safer #nicotine products. @VIDAdotNEWS hosted a panel discussion on the unintended consequences of strict regulations in Latin America.
Live right now: "Why Bans Are Not Best for Latin America"
Kevin McGirr, a professor with Community Health Systems at @UCSFNurse, joins Derek Yach (@swimdaily) on the Global Health Perspectives podcast. Kevin and Derek discuss the link between #mentalhealth conditions and #nicotine addiction. https://bit.ly/3gxAIFu
Overall, global #TobaccoControl research, policies, and interventions largely neglect issues specific to women. In a new paper, @a_solowoman analyzes how #gender-blind execution of the #FCTC negatively impacts #womenshealth. https://bit.ly/39YqyeA
The Dubrovnik Consultation brought together top economists and legal experts from various geographies to identify areas for #tobaccoharmreduction #regulation. The expert contributions that support public health goals are summarized here: https://bit.ly/3i7QiZ2
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