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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Empowering Girls and Women: Creating Opportunities for Decision Making
3395.0: Monday, December 12, 2005: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM
Empowering Girls and Women: Creating Opportunities for Decision Making
The presentations in this session underscore the importance of interventions that promote the health, empowerment of women and adolescent girls as a critical component of overall public health strategies. From non-formal education programs to cultural factors that influence knowledge and behavior, to comprehensive rural health projects, this session covers the goal of promoting physical, emotional, and mental health among girls and women, particularly in developing countries. Specifically, the presentations will discuss (1) the impact of a health and life-skills educational program on knowledge and behavior designed specifically for adolescent girls (10-19) in Indian communities with a significant Muslim population; (2) aspects of a non-formal education program for adolescent girls (10-19) in Nepal that influenced knowledge, attitude, and behavior, including school enrollment and utilization of health services; (3) key factors in a successful participatory approach, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, to empower adolescent girls in rural India; (4) a post-natural disaster reconstruction project in Grenada, in which construction activities promoted the health and social empowerment of vulnerable women and (5) Iranís experience in implementing a national family planning program and its implications on fertility rates and status of women.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to (1) identify innovative strategies employed to promote the health and emotional well-being of women and girls in developing countries and (2) assess the role of cultural and social factors as they relate to promoting empowerment and health status of women and girls.
Moderator(s):Naomi Rutenberg, PhD
8:30 PMIntroductory Remarks
8:35 PMCreating better life options for Muslim girls in India  [ Recorded presentation ]
Kathrin S. Tegenfeldt, MHS, Arundhati Mishra, MBBS IIHMR, Smita Anand, MA
8:50 PMAdolescent girls becoming free to be: The Jamkhed, India, experience  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jennifer Yan, Shobha Arole, MBBS, Alison Morgan, MBBS, MPH, Renuka Jadhav, MSW, Connie Gates, MPH
9:05 PMPower of the tool in the hand of the woman: Empowering Caribbean women after a natural disaster
Lucia McLendon, MPH, Catherine W. Gribbin, MPH, Shunling Tsang, MPH, Peter J. Lee, MPH, Theresa J. McCann, MPH, PhD
9:20 PMA Model for Women Empowerment in Moslem Countries: Iranís Family Planning Program from Different Perspectives
Farnaz Vahidnia, MD, MPH, Malcolm Potts, MB, BChir, PhD, Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, Sousan Parsay, PhD
9:35 PMConcluding Remarks
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:International Health
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Maternal and Child Health; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA