Women's Health & Human Rights

2015-12-13, Dhading

On December 13, 2015 Pragya Shrestha and Erika Bro took Sahayatri Nepal’s Women’s Health and Human Rights program to a rural community in Dhading . By the time the program was over, 32 women had participated, taking time away from working in the fields to engage in discussions to empower themselves and others. The women brought chairs and straw mats from their homes so that everyone could engage comfortably while learning more about heavy topics that can oftentimes be challenging or triggering to address in any setting. On December 18, 2015 Sahayatri Nepal Health Educators and Social Workers implemented a program at a publically run government school. The students were all very engaged in the activities that covered topics such as HIV/AIDS awareness, individual empowerment focusing on My Body, My Right, and stress management. During the two hour program facilitated in both Nepali and English, the students had the opportunity to share and build upon their knowledge, work in groups and present their collective efforts, and gain confidence in their ability to support others in vulnerable situations. On December 19, 2015 Sahayatri staff and volunteers met with a women’s group. A total of 38 participants from a collaborative 140 women strong contributed their vitality and experiences related to the program material which covered sexual and reproductive health, and violence prevention. After a series of lively and serious discussions, the women left with a stronger knowledge base on uterine prolapse, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence. After receiving positive feedback from the group, Sahayatri Nepal was proud to make a 1,000 NPR donation to these women’s efforts. School Program Women’s Group Nuwakot After signing in and introducing themselves to their neighbors, the women listened attentively. Pre - test and post - test evaluation measures indicated that the women left with significantly more knowledge regarding the the female reproductive system anatomy, uterine prolapse signs and symptoms, management and treatment options, accessible physical and mental health resources, and domestic violence and marital rape. Through solidarity and support, these women fearlessly advocate for ending cycles of violence and advancing towards health equity for their c hildren a nd the future.

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