Octopus Books, Inter Pares and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights present: Women’s Health, Women’s Rights. Join us for a discussion of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Leading the discussion will be staff from Ottawa-based organizations Inter Pares and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights with special guests Caren Pineda and Mark Abellon from the Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health in the Philippines. You will hear stories of how a network of women’s health clinics are overcoming the challenges of poverty, violence, and the lack of access to contraception and sex education in schools. We will be making the links between upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Philippines and in Canada.
Tuesday May 30
Life of Pie, 1134 Bank St.
This event is free.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP: https://interpares.ca/content/womens-health-womens-rights-tour-ottawa
Caridad “Caren” Pineda
Caren is a nurse and trainer. She has been with Likhaan since 1995, working for womens reproductive health and rights. She has her BSc in Nursing from St. Gabriel College in the Philippines, and was one of the original trainers of Likhaan’s Community Health Workers – training women from poor and marginalzied neighbourhoods of Manila to provide high quality care in the area of reproductive health. Caren has also worked with the local youth groups, providing not only advice and training in health issues but also supportive accompaniment in areas of social relationships.Caren is the Project Coordinator for the project “Innovations in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines”, funded by Inter Pares and Global Affairs Canada. She is responsible for the overall implementation of the project that will see four sustainable, non-profit clinics established – three in poor areas of Manila and one in the southern island of East Samar – providing family planning, birthing, pre and post natal care. In addition to medical care the clinincs will carry out extensive outreach and education in the communities on sexual and reproductive health issues.Caren currently lives in Manila but spends her vacation with her husband and son in her home province in Bacolod City.
Mark has been working with young people in the communities where Likhaan operates since 2012. At the age of 16, he was an active member of a youth organization in Letre Malabon – a very poor neighbourhood of Manila. Mark became one of the “Kuyas” or big brothers who helped other young people with their health problems, bringing them to the Likhaan clinic. He was also very active in the mobilization of youth to pressure the Philippines government to pass the Reproductive Health Bill.
As part of the project “Innovations in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines”, Mark became a Community Mobilizer with Likhaan. Together with the other community mobilizers they go house to house providing information and conducting peer education sessions for youth on relationship, sexuality, contraception and many other topics relevant to adolescents.