The studies in this issue of Quality/Calidad/Qualité describe three efforts to involve women in the development of reproductive health care materials in different settings in the developing world. In Cairo, a women's health collective produced a comprehensive reference book for women; in Peru, a woman's group, with the extensive involvement of their nonliterate audience, developed a series of illustrated teaching materials; and in the South Pacific, an all-woman production crew produced three motivation and teaching videos developed in response to the expressed needs of Pacific Island women. Despite contrasts in the characteristics of the intended audiences, the development process, and the medium employed to deliver health messages, the projects are all characterized by the active involvement of women at all levels and in all stages of development. The authors tell the story of their project, comment on how involving women made a difference, and reflect on implications for future activities. In each case, women's involvement has resulted in a legacy of more than just a set of effective and well-utilized information materials—it has mobilized the women involved and enabled them to help themselves.
Hull, Valerie J., Barbara L. Ibrahim, Nadia Farah, Blanca Figueroa, and Margaret Winn. 1992. "By and for women: Involving women in the development of reproductive health care materials," Quality/Calidad/Qualité no. 4. New York: Population Council.
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