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"PROTECT OUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH"

supported by Global Fund for Women

Based on our previous experiences and through collection of information about women’s needs in the field, our organization decided to make a project with the aim to raise the level of health education of women living in rural areas, to explain them the importance of paying full attention on their own health and to introduce them with their rights from the social protection area.

We decided to organize interactive educational workshops in five MZs or rural areas. The reason for this kind of need is that women, particularly those living in rural area, do not have time or possibility to inform themselves about the importance of these issues. Their level of knowledge about these topics is very low and very often they even do not realize the rights that they have, i.e. in the social protection area. The lecturers for these educational workshops have been chosen based on their sensibility for the issues of neglected women, even from themselves, but also based on their professionalism for these topics:

1."Reproductive health of women and the most common illnesses of reproductive organs"

2."Breast cancer"

3.„Cancer of the cervix of the uterus and ovary cancer"

4."AIDS"

5."Women’s rights in the social protection area and how to realize them"

We chosed 5 rural MZs in the municipality Trebinje with the highest number of population. Each MZ: Petrovo polje (villages Rasovac, Volujac, Lapja, Bugovina, Gornje Cicevo, Donje Cicevo, Bihovi), Donji Ljubomir (villages Jasen, Mosko, Borkovica Bare, Zdrijelovici, Podvori, Uksici, Domasevo, Cvarici, Brova), Lastva (villages Gornje Grancarevo, Donje Grancarevo, Usce, Orovac, Arandjelovo, Zupa), Podbrdje (villages Zakovo, Gornja Kocela, Donja Kocela, Slano, Dobromani, Mesari) and Zubci (villages Grab, Podgrab, Tuli, Konjsko, Ubla) enabled us, as a support to this project, free of charge use of the MZ rooms for the workshops. In each MZ we involved two women, local residents, as volunteers to visit households in their MZs and to inform personaly the women about the workshops and their importance, no matter that we advertised those at the same time through the local radio stations and through posters.

In each MZ we organized one workshop from the above-mentioned topics, which makes five workshops in each MZ. The workshops had interactive character and the very interesting thing was that they attracted men who also participated on these workshops. We supported their presence because we hope that they will have better understanding for the needs of their women in the future and that they will also contribute to their improved care about their own health. The total number of participants on these workshops is 95 and we kept the continuity of people interested in all MZs. This number is certainly a big result because we are talking about inert areas with a lot of poverty. The workshops have been organized during weekends, on times suggested by the participants themselves because we wanted to enable the participation to a high number of women. We answered other questions as well on these workshops in order to enable a high level of information flow. We kept minutes for each workshop in order to have a good insight in the success of our workshops as well as to enable us creation of new projects based on the expressed needs.

Besides these workshops, we also realized a radio emission in accordance with the project proposal. The topic in this emission was the previous level of knowledge of women in these MZs, the existing issues and the results achieved with the message to all women to pay attention on their own health.