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Myra Betron

Ms. Betron has 15 years of international experience managing and implementing programs on gender and sexual and reproductive health, always bridging research and policy with program implementation. As the Director for Gender at Jhpiego, she is leading the integration of strategies to promote gender equity in Jhpiego’s programs worldwide, including the USAID Maternal Child Survival Program.  She began her career at the World Bank as coordinator of capacity-building pilot projects on violence against women and male involvement in reproductive health for health care providers in Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua. She then applied her knowledge and understanding of the needs of women experiencing violence as a Gender at the Health Policy Initiative, the International Center for Research on Women and as Sr. Technical Advisor for Gender on EngenderHealth’s CHAMPION project in Tanzania.  Highlights of Myra’s work at these organizations include: developing advocacy tools, program guidance, and case studies on gender-based violence; designing and managing gender norms changing interventions for HIV and GBV prevention, including an award-winning mass media campaign in Tanzania; implementing pilot projects to inform many of USAID’s guidelines and approaches to programming directed at gender-based violence.  Myra has done gender work 17 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.