This post comes from Mona Pindog, a Researcher from De La Salle University (DLSU) involved in the W-DARE project. Mona has written about a recent planning workshop held with W-DARE project partners in Manila.
On the 26th of April, 2014, an Intervention Workshop for the Year 2 of our W-DARE project was held at the Luxent Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines. It was attended by representatives from the Project’s partner groups, including: Dr. Asa Marco, Jerome Zayas, Joy Salgado, Joy Garcia, Krissy Bisda, Gina Chan, and myself. The group aimed to identify and determine interventions to be implemented for the second year of the project in response to the initial findings of Year One.
The workshop started with an introduction from Dr. Marco on the initial findings of Year One. It was found out that a) poverty undermines access to SRH, and other health services, for women with disability, b) parents of adolescents with disability (specially parents of young people who have intellectual disability) have limited access to information, resources and supports for managing their child’s transition through puberty and emergent sexual and reproductive health needs (and is particularly true for poor families), and c) women with disability report high levels of violence and abuse, often perpetrated by family members .
Dr. Marco also reminded the group of the intervention framework conceptualized by Dr. Vaughan and the group during a workshop last February. The framework identified four (4) focuses for intervention – the ‘supply side’ where the service providers are the stakeholders; the ‘demand side’ where women and young women with disabilities as well as their families are the primary actors; enabling local environments where local communities, organizations and government agencies are tapped for collaboration; and enabling the society wherein the public is targeted to be aware and knowledgeable of the SRH and other health needs of women with disabilities aimed through policy crafting and implementation.
With these in mind, Mr. Jerome Zayas organized the pre-identified interventions (based on a workshop in February) into a matrix wherein the group can easily prioritize these. These interventions were ranked according to their feasibility, need, impact, probable support or interest of stakeholders, and budget. The results of the ranking are as follows:
- Supply side – SRH service provider sensitization on disability (including gender sensitization); and development of training materials for service providers
- Demand side – Establish support systems among parents/guardians and DPOs, that is, peer counselling; and development of IEC materials specific for women and girls with disability
- Enabling local environments – Advocacy in relation to availability of sign language interpreters/service providers with sign language skills, including linking Association of sign language interpreters to service providers; and support for exchange visits of Quezon City PDAO (and DSWD representatives) to Ligao City
- Enabling society – Media campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination (television and radio) in conjunction with NCDA; and targeted dissemination to the national NGO consortium on SRH and other stakeholders .
These prefatory identification and prioritization of intervening actions, however, will still undergo further discussions on following workshops.
1. Marco, M.J. (2014). Indication of initial findings [PowerPoint slides]. Intervention Workshop for Year 2. Quezon City, Philippines.
2. Zayas, J.B. (2014). Indicative workplan [PowerPoint slides]. Intervention Workshop for Year 2. Quezon City, Philippines.