The St Patrick’s Foundation last Wednesday launched its women’s sexual and reproductive health campaign – My Body, My Responsibility, targeting women ages 15 – 40 years old in the communities of Seaview Gardens, Riverton City, Olympic Gardens and Waterhouse, as well as other surrounding communities in the Kingston 11 area.
The launch was held at the foundation’s head office based in Seaview Gardens and saw a number of women coming out to participate in the event.
The foundation earlier this year won a US$20,000 grant from US Embassy in Kingston after a successful project pitch proposal for the Embassy’s Women’s History Month Competition.
The campaign is scheduled to run for a duration of six months, October 2019 – March 2020 and will be focused on educating, informing and improving awareness around women’s sexual and reproductive health; encouraging young girls and women to take control of their bodies, making good choices and empowering them to make better decisions.
Other activities that will take place throughout the campaign include self-defence classes, support group meetings, a health summit, a female empowerment session and couples support group meetings.
In addition to providing much needed information on sexual and reproductive health with brochures and pamphlets from the National Family Planning Board, the launch event which took the form of an outside broadcast, also had several exhibitors on-site – Lascelle Credit Union, Kiss Baking Company and Cals Manufacturing.
Sandrina Davis, General Manager of the St Patrick’s Foundation said she was tremendously pleased with the turn of women to the launch event and that she was looking forward to the other activities throughout the campaign and getting the buy-in from the women in the various communities.
“We want to reinforce the message that a woman should take full control of her body and make the decisions that are best for her and her sexual and reproductive health”, Davis noted.
The overall objective of the project is to help in the prevention and alleviation of teen pregnancies, unplanned pregnancies and the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.