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Human resources training: Itinerant University.


Since 1998, LACWHN has offered the International Courses on "Gender Perspectives in Health" under the Itinerant University project in the region. The general objective of the Itinerant University is "to strengthen, from civil society, cultural and political changes to ensure gender equity in public policies; to develop and reinforce women's advocacy skills; to strengthen women's leadership in policymaking bodies, healthcare services and academia, with an emphasis on the exercise of women's citizenship; and finally, to nurture the formation of strategic alliances among healthcare workers and members of the women's health movement."

The Itinerant University is carried out in collaboration with a LACWHN member group from the country and hosted by a respected institution of higher education. The participants are primarily members of the women's health movement (social groups and NGOs), as well as women who work in public health services and/or members of related professional associations or unions, academia and municipalities.

The Itinerant University includes the following courses: Participation, Citizenship, Democracy and Rights; Gender, Social Inequality, Race/ ethnicity and Sexual Orientation in Health Care; and Advocacy.


Participating Countries & Institutions

Peru (1998) the Movimiento Manuela Ramos and the Department of Public Health and Administration at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.

Chile (1999) the Foro Red de Salud y Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos and the Centro de Analisis de Polfticas Publicas at the Universidad de Chile.

Brazil (1999) the Programa de Estudos em Genero, Mulher e Saude'(MUSA) and the Universidade Federal de Bahia, the Instituto de Saude Coletiva.

Bolivia (2000) the Centro de Informacion y Desarrollo de la Mujer(CIDEM) from La Paz and the Universidad de San Simon in Cochabamba.

Uruguay (2001) Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) and the Psychology Department at the Universidad de la Republica (Open Program on Reproductive Health, Sexuality and Gender).

Costa Rica (2001) the Asociacion de Mujeres en Salud (AMES) and the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Venezuela (2001) AVESA, the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES), the Instituto de Altos Estudios en Salud Publica and the Nucleo Aragua Gender Studies Department at the Universidad de Carabobo.

Argentina (2002) the Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer (FEIM), Servicio de Accion Popular (SeAP), the Department of Social Work and the Masters Program in Social Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, with the support of the Consejo Nacional de la Mujer and the Pan American Health Organization.

Dominican Republic (2002) the Colectiva Mujer y Salud, the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and the Universidad Primada de America.

Colombia (2003) the Casa de la Mujer de Bogota, Fundacion Mavi, the Universidad del Valle and the Universidad de Antioquia.

El Salvador (2003) the Asociacion de Mujeres por la Dignidad y la Vida, Las Dignas, and the Universidad de El Salvador.

Ecuador (2004) the Fundacion Servicios para un Desarrollo Alternativo del Sur (SENDAS) and the Universidad de Cuenca.

Guatemala (2005) Tierra Viva, FLACSO and the Universidad de San Carlos.

Suriname (2005) Pro Health and the Universidad de Paramaribo. This was the first Itinerant University given in English.

Curacao (2006) CAFRA, UNA, NASKHO, St. Thuiszorg Banda Bou, and Bureau Vrowenzakenes.

Mexico (2006) Equidad de Genero, Ciudadanfa, Trabajo y Familia and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).

Nicaragua (2007) the Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia, Intercambios, CEIMM-URACCAN, the Campaha 28 de Septiembre, Puntos de Encuentro, SI Mujer, the Red de Mujeres del Norte and the Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua (UNAN).

Honduras (2007 & 2008) CEM-H, CESADEH, CDM, Colectivo de Mujeres CV, Colectivo Feminista de Mujeres Universitarias, Red de Jovenes por los DDRR y DDSS, ADP, Red de Mujeres Col Cruz Roja and the Universidad Central de Honduras.

Panama (2008) Accion Social Panameho, CEAPA, Centro de Capacitacion Familiar, the Red Nacional contra la Violencia dirigida hacia la Mujer y la Familia and the Instituto de la Mujer at the Universidad de Panama.

Puerto Rico (2008) Workshop on "Political Participation and Advocacy: A Regional and National Perspective on the Struggle for Women's Sexual Rights and Reproductive Rights," Taller Salud and the Department of Continuing Education at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Paraguay (2009) Base Educativa y Comunitaria de Apoyo (BECA), Centro de Documentacion y Estudios (CDE), Movimiento por el Derecho a la Salud and the Coordinacion de Mujeres del Paraguay (CMP); Plan Paraguay; the Department of Primary Healthcare MSPBS; the Department of General Programs--MSPBS and the Gobernacion de San Pedro.
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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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