|Reproductive Health and Communication at the Grassroots - Experiences from Africa and Asia - Proceedings, 1997, Ethiopian Red Cross society training institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (IIRR, 1997, 292 p.)|
May 16, 1997
In resolving matters related to reproductive health, in particular STDs/HIV-AIDS, FP and acknowledging the impact of community strategies presented in this conference, we the South-South Women (SSW) recommend that participatory community diagnosis be used as an entry point in addressing these issues.
Bearing in mind cultural sensitivities, community values, priorities and needs, for communication strategies to be effective and sustainable in addressing these issues, identification, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of communication strategies should be research-based.
Further recognizing that specially sensitive issues like FGM, violence against women, etc, be more specifically addressed, focus should move from awareness raising to adoption of preventive practices.
Recognizing that collaboration between GOs and NGOs is essential (for policy change, service integration) advocacy and mobilization should be effected.
Realizing that most messages have been focused on women, future communication strategies should give special attention to men.
We, South-South Women, therefore commit ourselves to achieving these goals in our various capacities.