WHOI is off to an exciting new year with the launch of the Fistula and Empowerment Program (FEP). FEP, which began on April 10th 2014, is comprised of young women from the Halifax area who meet weekly to partake in obstetric fistula education and to self-empower through discussion, film, workshops, and other activities that address health and social concerns such as mental and sexual health, shadeism, the use of misogynistic language in schools, and issues of cultural displacement and a sense of belonging in Canadian society.
The innovative weekly sessions are participant-led and incorporate audiovisual media, guest speakers, and activities such as spoken word as way to explore several avenues of self-empowerment.
So, stay tuned for more news on FEP!
Last week Tuesday, March 4th 2014, WHOI presented at the Mount Saint Vincent University annual Girls Conference. The two-day event, in celebration of International Women’s Week, featured several guest speakers and break-out sessions designed to empower the girls to raise their voices and become engaged in their communities.
On 3 December 2013 our founder, Habiba Cooper Diallo, received the Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) district award for Atlantic Canada and New England, USA. This achievement is part of an ongoing scholarship competition and she will now enter the international pool. We wish her the best! Click here to learn more about Zonta's Fistula program in Liberia.
Nearly two years ago around this time our founder, Habiba Cooper Diallo, was gearing up for her visit to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia's bustling and beautiful capital city. Her work as an OF advocate was what impelled her visit. At the hospital, she had the opportunity to meet and interview two patients. She describes the experience as having "personalized" her work on fistula. Today, the fight against fistula continues and WHOI is proud to part of the effort.