Behind a Healthy Woman, there's Girls and Men
This past week, Morra has been at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Women Deliver is a "global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women." In this piece, which originally appeared on The Huffington Post, Morra explores the roles men and girls play in women's health.
In Sierra Leone, a new program knows reproductive health is about a relationship between men and women. For a woman to be healthy during pregnancy but men need to be fully on board too. Reverend George Buannie is the Executive Director of the Fambul Initiative Network for Equality (FINE). He developed a "husband school," where men teach other men to respect women's rights and sexual health. The villages where FINE works have seen a 60% decrease in rape and gender based violence, and maternal mortality has decreased by more than 60%. Contraceptive use has increased from 30 to 51%.