Publisher: 
Hesperian Foundation
Publication date: 
Feb 2 2015
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United States

Health Actions for Women addresses the social factors that prevent women and girls from enjoying healthy lives. This guide offers proven strategies to help women and men facilitate community discussions and action, even in challenging settings where organizing for women’s health is difficult or dangerous.

Health Actions for Women was developed in coordination with community-based organizations and women’s health advocates worldwide. Throughout 2012-13, chapters were sent to 40 community-based partners in 23 countries. Field testing brought together diverse groups of younger and older women, groups that mixed adolescent girls with young married women, and mixed gender groups. Overall, 1,400 people participated in discussions, tried out new activities, and submitted feedback and insights about the issues most important to their communities. This field-testing map shares some of their experiences, along with activities from the book that were used in field-testing.