Taking Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment: A Resource for Community-Based Activists

Short Seminar

December 14–17, 2008

Taking Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment: A Resource for Community-Based ActivistsTaking Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment: A Resource for Community-Based ActivistsCo-chaired by Jane Maxwell and Melissa C. SmithTaking Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment: A Resource for Community-Based ActivistsCo-chaired by Jane Maxwell and Melissa C. Smith

This short seminar was a follow-up to the conference “Women’s Empowerment for Health,” which took place at SAR in 2007 and brought together women and organizations working with grassroots groups around the world to promote women’s health within a framework of social justice. “The 2007 seminar created the conditions necessary to transform an idea that had been incubating for years into a concrete plan to develop a resource for women’s health and empowerment,” wrote co-chair Melissa C. Smith. “We developed a detailed working plan to create complementary resources for action and training to use with the Hesperian Foundation publication Where Women Have No Doctor. This will include an extensive training manual, or action guide, and a Web site.” Since the first SAR seminar, the project’s fundraising team had garnered significant support for the development of both the manual and the Web site.

This editorial planning meeting enabled the working group to review the background papers completed by the topic leaders and move into the next phase of production. “We appreciate SAR’s support of our efforts to empower women worldwide through imparting immediately useful and culturally sensitive health information, as well as addressing the underlying social, political, and economic barriers to women’s health,” wrote Smith. 

This seminar was generously funded by the Dobkin Family Foundation.

 
Jane Maxwell, Chair
Melissa C. Smith, Chair
Lucille C. Atkin
Deborah Billings
Jill Hackett
May Haddad
Susan McCallister
Catherine Muthoni
Pallavi Patel
Sarah Shannon

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