Women’s Health, Women’s Rights: In the Philippines, In Canada, and Beyond

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 Community health workers and promoters in a clinic of Towerville, Bulacan.Credit: Jack Hui Lister

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, Inter Pares and Likhaan are building on many years of collaboration to scale up work on sexual and reproductive health in poor communities of Metro Manila and in rural East Samar in the Philippines. Over four years the project will establish community-based clinics based on a non-profit model that will make them sustainable by the end of the four years. The clinics provide family planning and birthing services, combined with extensive grassroots education on sexual and reproductive health. 

This May we are bringing two representatives from Likhaan to Canada on a tour to talk about the work and meet with people and groups doing related work here in Canada. Caren Pineda is a nurse and has dedicated much of her life to Likhaan and working to improve women’s health and rights. She is the Coordinator for the project. Mark Abellon began as a member of a youth organization when he was 16 and now is a Community Mobilizer helping to educate other youth about sexual and reproductive health. Caren and Mark will speak about the work and share the challenges – and the successes! – of this work.  

The tour will visit five cities and hold a public event in each. These events are free. Spaces are limited. RSVP now: 

Toronto (Tuesday, May 23)

Kitchener-Waterloo (Thursday, May 25)

Peterborough (Friday, May 26)

Ottawa (Tuesday, May 30)

Montreal (Thursday, June 1)

At some of the events we will screen a short film on the work of Likhaan as well as hearing from Caren and Mark. 

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