The third annual interdisciplinary course in Women’s Health and Empowerment was held in July 2014 at Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya, as a joint effort of the Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment and the Aga Khan Foundation. Twenty-three participants hailed from seven countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United States.
The intensive course aims to teach skills that prioritize women’s empowerment in health-related endeavors, leading to more efficacious health programs and policies. It was designed for NGO staff, graduate students, junior faculty, lawyers, health professionals, and government officials. Participants learned: (1) aspects of women’s health and disparities in women’s health; (2) “empowerment theory” and “gender theory”; (3) to measure empowerment through different tested models; (4) to analyze case studies in women’s health and empowerment; (5) to develop, fund, and evaluate interventions related to women’s health and empowerment.
Core faculty was comprised of Rozina Karmaliani and Kauser S. Khan of Aga Khan University, Pakistan and Paula Tavrow of UCLA. Several advocates from Sonke Gender Justice were counted among the participants, including recent UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow Mateenah Hunter.