Photos: MSH Celebrating International Women's Day Around the World

Photos: MSH Celebrating International Women's Day Around the World

 {Photo credit: Jennifer Acio/MSH.}Last year, a group of community members queued up to register for different services at Budaka Health Center IV on International Women's Day 2013.Photo credit: Jennifer Acio/MSH.

MSH staff and projects participated in International Women's Day celebrations in dozens of countries around the world. We share some of our stories with photos and excerpts from South Africa, Uganda, and Afghanistan.

Uganda Celebrates

STRIDES for Family Health joined the Ugandan government to commemorate International Women's Day in Kumi district. This year’s theme was “In partnership with men and boys for empowerment of women and girls in Uganda.” STRIDES supported village health teams’ participation in the celebration and distributed TOMS shoes before the event to motivate mothers to access services at health facilities.

[Women leaders access health information provided by STRIDES during the International Women's Day event in Kayunga district.] {Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH}Women leaders access health information provided by STRIDES during the International Women's Day event in Kayunga district.Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH

 

[Women in Kangulumira village participate in STRIDES-supported nutrition activities.] {Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH}Women in Kangulumira village participate in STRIDES-supported nutrition activities.Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH

[Women prepare Ekitobeero (a mixture of nutritious foods) from local foods in the community during nutrition sessions.] {Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH}Women prepare Ekitobeero (a mixture of nutritious foods) from local foods in the community during nutrition sessions.Photo credit: Tadeo Atuhura/MSH

 

The Strengthening TB and HIV and AIDS Responses in the Eastern Region (STAR-E) project commemorated International Women’s Day in Butaleja district, at Nabiganda Health Centre III with a three-day event beginning on March 7. Key activities included:

  • Cervical cancer sensitization and screening
  • Referral of women with pre-cancerous lesions to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Screening for hypertension and diabetes
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Education, demonstration, and distribution of male and female condoms
  • Information and education on elimination of mother-to-child transmission and early infant diagnosis

Booths run by health workers, case managers, linkage facilitators, and members of the Family Support Group of Nabiganda HC III provided family planning education and commodities, information on elimination of mother-to-child transmission, and information on cervical cancer screening and early infant diagnosis. Three radio talk shows aired in both English and local languages.

[A client is counseled by a health worker on adherence to her medicine; Uganda.] {Photo credit: MSH staff.}A client is counseled by a health worker on adherence to her medicine; Uganda.Photo credit: MSH staff.

 

South Africa Celebrates

[MSH South Africa celebrates International Women's Day 2014.] {Photo credit: MSH staff, South Africa.}MSH South Africa celebrates International Women's Day 2014.Photo credit: MSH staff, South Africa.

MSH staff wore festive wear on March 6, 2014, during MSH South Africa’s celebration of International Women’s Day. Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa (BLC) staff dressed in traditional African (from Nigeria to South Africa), French, Indian, and American clothing.

Prior to the event, staff played a mixing game, matching the three key pieces of information about a particular inspiring woman (picture, biographical information, and quote). The women chosen represent nearly every continent and a variety of fields, including health, education, business, politics, and the arts. Staff also completed a Women’s Day themed crossword puzzle competition. The winner, Sheilla Benyera, received the book I am Malala as her prize, the story of a girl in Pakistan who refused to be silenced by the Taliban and fought for her right to an education.

Musawenkosi Tshuma, Program Coordinator for Women and Girls at Risk at the Tshwane Leadership Foundation, in Pretoria, South Africa, presented the organization’s work with vulnerable women. Their programs include outreach, a drop-in center, residential facilities, and an independent living programme. She shared that as a result of these efforts, more women are speaking up about abuse and becoming financially independent. However, many challenges remain, including funding secondary and tertiary education for the girls in their care. For more information, or to contribute to their work, visit www.tlf.org.za.

BLC staff also discussed the practice of “ukuthwala,” abducting young girls for marriage, which is still a common practice in some parts of South Africa. The International Women’s Day event closed with staff reflections on women who have inspired them. Examples include Christa McAuliffe, part of NASA’s Challenger Mission, who stated, “I touch the future…I teach,” and Gertrude Elion, a 1988 Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and pharmacologist whose innovative research methods later led to the development of AZT.

Afghanistan Celebrates

In Afghanistan, staff from MSH’s Country Operating Management Unit (COMU) and TB CARE I, Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG), and Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) projects organized and participated in an event to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise awareness about women’s rights as mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and professionals.

Presentations reviewed the history and importance of International Women’s Day and participants contributed to discussions regarding women’s rights and resolved to advocate for policies and programs supporting women’s education, empowerment, leadership, and employment. 

 {Photo credit: MSH staff/Afghanistan.}Photo credit: MSH staff/Afghanistan.

{Photo credit: MSH staff/Afghanistan.}Photo credit: MSH staff/Afghanistan.

{Photo credit: MSH staff/Afghanistan.}Photo credit: MSH staff/Afghanistan.

Several MSH staff contributed to this content, including Jennifer Acio and Tadeo Atuhura (Uganda), Johanna Theunissen (South Africa), and Marzila Mashal (Afghanistan).

Related

For more on International Women's Day, read International Women's Day 2014: Celebrate Women Health Leaders Inspiring Change and watch the video.

 

 

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