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Women’s Health & Empowerment

Course Announcement:

The UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women's Health and Empowerment and Sonke Gender Justice are partnering to offer a new intensive, short course at the intersection of women's health empowerment and male engagement. Through interdisciplinary case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to build women's empowerment and gender norms transformation into health programs and advocacy activities to maximize their effectiveness.

Sonke works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society, and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. Sonke's flagship program — MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) — is building a network of gender justice advocates.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify critical issues in women's health, masculinities, and gender disparities
  • Apply empowerment theory (including gender theory)
  • Design and measure empowerment interventions for health
  • Analyze, and adapt for implementation, case studies in women's health, masculinities and empowerment
  • Develop and implement a program intervention incorporating women's health, masculinities, and empowerment

The two week training is scheduled to take place in Nairobi Kenya, September 1 to 16, 2015. The course fee is $499 for early bird and $599 for late registration, this cost covers course fees, field trips, Accommodation and meals. Participants are responsible for their own transport (Flights and local transport).

Expected participants:

  • Health and development NGO staff
  • Graduate students
  • Junior faculty members
  • Lawyers
  • Health professionals
  • Officials from relevant government ministries and departments

Application Deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline for application is 24 July 2015
  • Final deadline for application is 10 August 2015

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The Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment believes that advances in women’s health globally are impeded by poverty, limited access to educational and economic opportunities, gender bias and discrimination, unjust laws, and insufficient state accountability. These forces intersect to restrict access to vital women’s health services and the information that women need to improve their lives. By prioritizing women’s health concerns, rights, and empowerment, this COE is uniquely poised to catalyze societal-level changes that will yield sustainable improvements in health and well-being for women on a global scale.

To make major improvements in women’s health, you can’t look solely through a medical lens, so we’re really trying to look more creatively and innovatively at how to achieve better health for women through less traditional mechanisms.
Paula Tavrow, co-director
Women’s Health & Empowerment COE

Co-directors

Craig Cohen, MD, MPH

UC San Francisco

Paula Tavrow, PhD

UC Los Angeles

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