CCPP with the support of RSPN organized a facilitator training on the community dialogue toolkit in Mirpur Khas. Three-day sessions were held with community health workers from January 23-25 and with village health committee members from January 26-28 to mobilize and build the capacity of facilitators – both men and women – who would implement the tool in their local communities.
Embracing the objectives of the Bright Star approach, this community dialogue tool has been developed to initiate a process of exploring and rethinking gender relations among men and women of different age groups at the community level. This Bright Star Community Dialogue Tool, consisting of a series of 10 videos and a discussion guide, will help address deeply rooted perceptions and behaviors among concerned groups that impact women’s health and education and bring to the fore the key issues that restrict women’s mobility, empowerment and their access to health information and health services. CCPP has filmed ten community case studies of five women and five men on various themes including early marriage, birth spacing, self-esteem, girls’ education, women’s mobility, women’s health, valuing daughters and being a social change agent.
As a result of this training, the facilitators are expected to be able to use the tool to encourage communication between spouses, within families and among the wider community on the important themes mentioned above and to inspire individual and collective behavior change to improve maternal and child health outcomes.