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2 Women’s Health & Empowerment Center of Expertise Vision: We envision a world in which all women and girls are empowered and healthy. Mission: Our mission is to promote justice, equity and scientific advances to reduce gender and health disparities globally.

3 COE Vision of Empowerment Empowerment is the ABILITY to ACT on choices, involving three related processes: 1.Address causes of disempowerment; 2.Improve women’s access to and control over current and future resources; and 3.Use improved access to resources & decision-making to achieve individual and collective well-being and health.

4 Women’s Health & Empowerment Organization

5 Women’s Health & Empowerment Goals  Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights  Safe motherhood  Reducing violence against women  Family planning and reproductive health technologies  HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment  Reduction of environmental threats to women

6 Women’s Health & Empowerment Contribution to the Field Key Components Focus on the interplay and interconnectedness of women’s empowerment and health Conduct research on women’s empowerment and health; connect research with education and training of new leaders Inter-Disciplinary Approach Health Sciences Medicine Public Health Nursing & Midwifery Empowerment Sciences Anthropology Law Sociology Arts & Culture Psychology Political science


8 From em·pow·er (m-pour) tr.v. em·pow·ered, em·pow·er·ing, em·pow·ers:  1. To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority  2. To equip or supply with an ability; enable

9 U.N. Agency Definition after ICPD: “Women's empowerment has five components: 1.Women's sense of self-worth; 2.Their right to have and to determine choices; 3.Their right to have access to opportunities and resources; 4.Their right to have the power to control their own lives, both within and outside the home; and 5.Their ability to influence the direction of social change to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally.”

10 Key Domains / Dimensions of Women’s Empowerment  Economic  Socio-cultural  Familial/interpersonal  Legal  Political  Psychological

11 Levels of Empowerment  Individual  Household  Community  Regional  National  Global

12 Measuring Women’s Empowerment

13 Social and Cultural Measures  Mobility/Freedom of movement*  Social capital  Membership in an association  Ability to interact in the public sphere  Public status  Participation in non-family groups  Attitudes about gender roles  Acceptability of IPV and refusing sex * Most frequently used in the literature

14 Familial / Interpersonal  Household decision-making power*  Pulerwitz sexual relationship power scale (SRPS)*  Age at first birth  Control over spouse selection  Natal family support  Living with in-laws  Inter-spousal differences—education, age * Most frequently used in the literature

15 Economic Measures  Control over earnings*  Access to and control of family resources*  Having a bank account  Access to credits  Ownership of assets and land  Relative contribution to family support * Most frequently used in the literature

16 Legal Measures  Knowledge of legal rights  Inheritance law  Land rights  Laws against GBV  Access to and control over land

17 Political Measures  Ability to exercise the right to vote  Knowledge of political system  Representation in local/regional government  Participation in public protests and political campaigning

18 Psychological Measures  Self-efficacy  Psychological well-being  Fulfillment

19 Research Projects

20 Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES)  Family-focused HIV prevention, care and treatment program in Nairobi and Nyanza Province  Began in 2004  UCSF/KEMRI collaboration  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/CDC funded  Partners with Provincial & District Ministries of Health  Platform for implementation research

21 21 FACES Sites as of Dec. 2010 Nyanza Province Kisumu (17 sites) Suba (42 sites) Rongo (14 sites) Migori (44 sites) Nairobi (2 sites)

22 22 Enrollment in HIV Care & Treatment

23 FACES-affiliated Research Projects  Integration of family planning services into HIV Care and Treatment  Integration of HIV Care and Treatment into MCH  Cervical cancer screening and treatment in HIV-infected women  Formative research for gender-based violence intervention  Agricultural intervention for food security and HIV health outcomes, Shamba Maisha

24 Shamba Maisha Objective  Test hypothesis that multisectoral agricultural intervention leads to improved health of families living with HIV.

25 Shamba Maisha: Model

26 Education and Knowledge Dissemination Key Initiatives

27 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health & Empowerment Principle Invesitgators:  Craig Cohen, MD, MPH (UCSF)  Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences  Lara Stemple, JD (UCLA)  Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project at UCLA School of Law. The Fellows:  Karuna S. Chibber, DrPH, MHS, MA (UCSF)  Emily Nagisa Keehn, JD (UCLA)  Deborah Mindry, PhD (UCLA)  Manisha Munshi, JD (UCLA)  Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH (UCSF)

28 Women’s Health & Empowerment and UCSF GHS Masters program  UCSF Global Health Sciences (GHS) Masters started 2008-09  One of kind in U.S.: 7 students (’08-’09) to 18 (’09-’10) to 30 (’10- ’11), just matriculated 34  ¾ students express interest in WH&E; ½ of ’10-’11 students with related fieldwork  CoE inserting WH&E discipline into GHS MS  year long elective course  fieldwork projects  mentoring

29  Intensive, two-week, 4-credit interdisciplinary program (UCLA Aug 22-Sept 2)  Open to incoming and current graduate or professional students in any discipline  Will provide students interested in improving women’s health and well-being with knowledge and skills from several disciplines  Instructors from UCLA, UCSF, and other UC campuses

30 Book Commissioned by UC Press In Justice and In Health: A New Era in Women’s Health and Empowerment First textbook/general book of its kind “marrying” disciplines of WH&E Executive editors: Shari Dworkin, Monica Gandhi, Paige Passano (Associate: Lindsey Zwicker) Chapter authors from global call for abstracts

31 WH&E Book Project Framework 3 sections, 3 major tools of empowerment, each with chapters across life course –Section 1:Sociocultural and Educational Interventions Section editors: Dallas Swendeman/Paula Tavrow –Section 2: Economic Interventions Section editors: Shelley Grabe/Sheri Weiser –Section 3: Systems Interventions Section editors: Ndola Prata/ Joanna Weinberg

32 “Study after study has taught us that there is no tool more effective for development than the empowerment of women” - Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

33 Thank you UCGHI, Center of Expertise in Women’s Health & Empowerment: health/index.aspx

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