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close this bookReproductive 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.)
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Conference resolution

May 16, 1997

In resolving matter related to reproductive health, in particular STDs/HIV-AIDS and family planning and acknowledging the impact of communication strategies presented in this conference, we, the South-South Peoples recommend that participatory community diagnosis be used as an entry point in addressing these issues.

Use participatory action research (PAR) to develop appropriate communication strategies with clear and simple messages to ensure effectiveness and sustainability, keeping in mind cultural sensitivities, community values, priorities and needs. Indigenous and traditional means of communication should be enhanced. The communities should be involved at all stages of the communication process. Impact assessment should be documented for further use.

Further recognizing that specially-sensitive issues like female genital mutilation, violence against women and adolescent reproductive health, be more specifically addressed and focus should move from awareness raising to attitude and behavior change.

Realizing that most messages have been focused on women, future communication strategies should give special attention to men.

Advocate for eradication of harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and enhancement of helpful traditional practices.

Recognizing that networking between GOs and NGOs is essential - for policy change and service integration - advocacy, sharing of experiences and mobilization should be encouraged and affected.

We, the South-South Peoples, therefore, commit ourselves to achieving these goals in our various capacities.